Jackalope’s Rain Room Drenches St Kilda for Summer
Random International’s Stunning Rain Room is Now Available For Private Hire.
There’s hiring private rooms for exclusive dinners and chartering super-yachts, but hiring an art installation is the ultimate flex. It figures that it would take art philanthropist Louis Li, founder of Jackalope Hotel in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, to bring this idea to Melbourne.
Louis Li has consistently invested in high-end experiential offerings. He moved from China to Melbourne in 2007 to study film, before opening Jackalope Hotel in 2017. Replete with evocative Japanese-style bathing facilities and fine dining, Jackalope is also known for the art collection the founder shares on the site.
This summer, one its key art pieces, Random International’s Rain Room, is travelling to St Kilda in a purpose-built pavilion.
For the uninitiated, the immersive Rain Room allows people to walk through a downpour, without getting wet. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that has been enjoyed by over 750,000 people worldwide, in locations such as The Barbican, in London, and LACMA, Los Angeles.
Motion sensors detect visitors’ movements as they navigate the darkened space, making them “performers in this intersection of art, technology and nature”.
A trip-wire style setup, the quirky art piece entices us to think about our environment through a play-like experience. It’s a simple concept that emulates the pleasure of chasing or avoiding a mystical downpour.
Rain Room’s makers are the experimental contemporary art group Random International, which was founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass (pictured), from their studios in London and Berlin.
So if you’re keen to throw an end-of-year party with a serious twist, you might consider Random International’s Rain Room which is now available for exclusive hire.
Rain Room opened Wednesday 1 November and runs through 29 January 2024 at Jackalope Pavilion, St Kilda.
The space is also open to the public to view by buying individual tickets. Tickets are now available.
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