Saturday, March 26, 2016

Day #40 - Random International's "Rain Room" #Lent2016

ART + RELIGION
By Aaron Rosen
Random International, “Rain Room”, 2012; Water, injections moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras, steel beams, water management system, and grated floor, 1,076 3/8 sq. feet. Installation view, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 2012
The miraculous conceit of the Rain Room -- in which visitors can stroll through the pouring rain while remaining completely dry, as if surrounded by a protective force-field -- is the result of meticulous research, programming, and calibration. Cameras map the location of moving bodies in three dimensions, with information fed to a grid controlling water flow. Where many critics and philosophers have theorized distinct categories of the sublime, from natural to artistic to technological, in Rain Room all three converge. [page 84]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."

1 comment:

Ernest Disney-Britton said...

Grueling. This is my first year doing the Jesus fast of only water during holy week. Unlike past years, I've experienced intense stomach pain and exhaustion. How did he do this for 40 days? I'm exhausted and in pain, and I never want to do this again. At the same time, I am grateful that I've finally accomplished a feat that I've aspired to achieve since becoming a Catholic. Protestants do get the pain and suffering of Holy Week. They speak of it without being willing to experience the physical sensation. I will hold onto this pain forever but tonight "It is finished."