Rain Room is on display courtesy of RH, Restoration Hardware and is part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA, a joint initiative exploring the convergence of art and technology. Additional funding provided by Mehran and Laila Taslimi, Susanne Taslimi and Shidan Taslimi.
Rain Room is an environment that replicates the experience of rainfall. Once inside, visitors are simultaneously exposed to and protected from the falling water. A sensorial artwork that draws from the California Light and Space movement as well as architecture and performance art, Rain Room offers an immersive encounter that is both participatory and contemplative. Founded in 2005, Random International is a London-based studio for contemporary art practice that encompasses sculpture, performance, and installation. Harnessing state-of-the-art technology, their projects examine the human condition in the current digital era, while inviting personal explorations of social behaviour and natural phenomena. Since their inception, Random International has taken inspiration from LACMA’s Art and Technology program, which ran from 1967 to 1971 and paired artists with scientific or otherwise innovative corporations in an effort to expand the field of production. In a similar vein, the studio prioritizes experimentation through collaboration. Fittingly, Rain Room is presented under the auspices of LACMA’s most recent Art and Technology initiative.