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Rain Room @ The Curve Gallery

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Walk in the rain without getting wet
The Barbican's Curve Gallery is currently hosting a fantastical exhibition by experimental artists from Random International, which gives visitors an opportunity to "control the rain." The Rain Room is a 100 metre gallery of falling water ingeniously directed by human sound and movement using finely tuned cameras and sensors.

Photo by Random International


The rain is controlled by human presence, so that the deluge will fall all around you as you walk through the exhibit, but never directly on you. The rain responds to each visitor's pathway and presence differently and it is a bit of an experiment in trust to believe that a dry path can be found through the downpour.

Photo by Random International


As you wait to enter the room, the mist, sound, smell, and atmosphere of rain fills the waiting area and creates a sense of anticipation for this unusual and exciting sensory experience. As you walk through the gallery, choosing your own path, the rain falls in giant columns on either side of you. It is all the fun of walking in a summer rainstorm without getting completely soaked. Although if you dress in black, it's possible to confuse the sensors and end up with buckets of water on your head.

Photo by Random International


The exhibit is free and extremely popular. Current wait times are around 2 to 3 hours. The exhibit will be open until 3 March 2013.
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Why? All the fun of a summer rainstorm without getting wet
When: Open daily 11am - 8pm; Thu until 10pm
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Cost: Free
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