breep – LookingOutwards04

Rain Room is an installation by the artist group Random International in which rain falls from the ceiling and the presence of the human body stops the rain from falling. The simplicity of the concept and flawless execution really attracted me to this piece. Not only does it explore the materiality of the natural world, it explores our relationship through it in this absurd subversion of the roles. I feel this kind of work is especially curious in the context of present day environmental concerns, being that the work employs the natural subjugation of a natural process (rain) while also seemingly appearing unnatural in its minimalistic setting of the indoor gallery. The work employs all our senses, the smell of the water just as much a body of the work as the lack of water on the body is. It explores man's relationship with machine and nature simultaneously, extracting the essence of natural processes out of its machinations.