From the looks of it, anyone who steps into the “Rain Room” at Barbican Curve Gallery will get soaked, literally. However, that is just an illusion because this installation uses pressure regulators, 3D tracking cameras and hydraulic systems to keep you completely dry. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The rain literally stops as you enter and you become encased within it. The installation responds to your presence, your movement and your navigation. An impressive feat of engineering, the installation also causes intense emotional reaction. There is something very abnormal about being able to control water in such a way and although it could promote a sense of power and importance, the reality of the situation is an intense vulnerability and a feeling of being at the mercy of machines.