RANDOM INTERNATIONAL’s Rain Room is a monumental, interactive work that merges art, technology and nature. A visceral and emotive experience, Rain Room creates a theatrical space that invites each patron to respond to and question their relationship with the installation, and on a deeper level, their relationship with nature and the environment.
Brought to Australia in August 2019 as part of Jackalope Hotel’s ambitious art collection, over 120,000 visitors “controlled the weather”, making it Melbourne’s most talked about – and Instagrammed – solo art exhibition of recent memory.
Housed in a purpose-built pavilion in St Kilda 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.
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, Tracey Emin, Emily Floyd, Nick van Woert and Tatsuo Miyajima.
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