Rain Room, a new exhibit at the Barbican in London, allows visitors to get a taste of what it might feel like to have the power to control the weather.
The interactive installation by contemporary art studio rAndom International invites people to walk through a 100-square-meter field of falling water without ever getting wet. A number of 3-D depth cameras installed throughout the room respond to people’s presence and movement and reroute the torrential downpour accordingly. Visitors stay warm and dry as 1,000 litres of water fall per minute around them. The water drips through a grid in the floor, gets treated, and then is recycled back through the installation.
The installation is an interesting exploration of art, technology, and human interaction, and it might have larger implications in a world with more extreme weather patterns. The press release for the exhibition says: “The carefully choreographed downpour invites visitors to become performers on an unexpected stage… The work also invites us to explore what role science, technology, and human ingenuity might play in stabilizing our environment by rehearsing the possibilities of human adaptation.”