This Sunday at MOMA sees the debut of the much-anticipated Rain Room by artist collective Random International. The monumental installation is on display in a specially constructed stand alone space next door to the main MOMA building.
You enter an enormous, pitch black room which apart from a thin walkway around the edges, is pouring down with rain. The magic of the installation is if you walk in to the rain, it stops, wherever you are standing, giving you the incredible ability to control the rain. The trick is to walk slowly, go fast and you’ll get wet, take a breath and walk at a relaxed, decidedly un-New York pace and you’ll get to experience the magic of standing in the middle of the rain while remaining completely dry. When we went, there were dancers performing in the rain, remaining almost dry as they danced magically in the rain.
The combination of the rain, the darkened room and the fact that you must move slowly, turns the entire experience in to one of great joy, contemplation and relaxation. Using digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour—a monumental work that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, while creating an intimate atmosphere of thoughtfulness.RAIN ROOM. Museum of Modern Art.11 53rd Street. New York. NY. 10019. Tel: 212 708 9400. May 12th – July 28th, 2013