Having captivated over half a million patrons worldwide, Random International’s monumental artwork, Rain Room, will make its Southern Hemisphere debut in Melbourne. A 100 square metre field of continuous rainfall, Rain Room is a responsive environment engaging all the senses, allowing you to be fully immersed in the rain while simultaneously protected from it. A globally significant work, Rain Room seeks to explore how human relationships to each other and nature are increasingly mediated through technology.
Housed in a purpose-built pavilion by March Studio, Rain Room is a permanent part of the Jackalope Art Collection. An ethereal architectural statement, the ‘Jackalope Pavilion’ is a creative and artistic space, through which Jackalope can showcase public art and activations in an urban context. The launch of the Pavilion and decision to bring Rain Room to Australia also supports a key part of Jackalope’s undertaking to bring internationally significant art to Australia.
Rain Room acknowledges the traditional custodians of the St Kilda region, the Boon Wurrung people.
Art Group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL run a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, today they work with larger teams of diverse and complementary talent out of studios in London and Berlin. Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, the group’s work invites active participation. Random International explores the human condition in an increasingly mechanised world through emotional yet physically intense experiences. The artists aim to prototype possible behavioural environments by experimenting with different notions of consciousness, perception, and instinct.
The Jackalope Art Collection was founded in 2016 by Louis Li, ahead of the group’s debut hotel opening on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. With a background in filmmaking, Li drives the collection’s curatorial concept – to present rebellious pieces as a conceptual layer in storytelling. Often immersive, these pieces are used to create transformative experiences in hospitality, taking guests on a journey through an ever-evolving world of emotions and expressions.
The collection currently comprises international works by Rick Owens, Rolf Sachs and Tracey Emin, Emily Floyd, Nick van Woert and Tatsuo Miyajima.
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art – situated at the very heart of Melbourne in Fed Square, and the world’s most visited moving image museum. In mid-2019 ACMI will undergo a visionary redevelopment, transforming the museum into one of the world’s leading public institutions for screen culture and innovation, connecting audiences of industry, education and the public. Its doors will close from mid-2019 to mid-2020.