Rain Room to become part of Jackalope Art Collection

Making its southern hemisphere debut

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Random International's Rain Room at the Jackalope

Random International's Rain Room at the Jackalope [©Stuart Wood]

Random International's Rain Room at the Jackalope
Random International's Rain Room at the Jackalope
Random International's Rain Room at the Jackalope
The Jackalope awaits in the courtyard of the Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula


Random International's monumental artwork, Rain Room, will make its Southern Hemisphere debut in Melbourne, Australia, having captivated over half a million patrons worldwide. It will premiere in August 2019 and tickets are now on sale.

A 100 square metre field of continuous rainfall, Rain Room is a responsive environment engaging all the senses; millions of water droplets respond to your presence by ceasing to fall wherever movement is detected, allowing you to be fully immersed in the rain while simultaneously protected from it.

Internationally acclaimed as ‘strikingly beautiful’, Rain Room is a physical experience that both deprives and intensifies the senses. It invites an exploration of the individual actions and emotions that can be generated by this unique, counter-intuitive environment.

The installation also seeks to explore how human relationships to each other and nature are increasingly mediated through technology.

Housed in a purpose-built pavilion by March Studio with environmental graphics by Studio Ongarato, Rain Room is a permanent part of the Jackalope Art Collection. An ethereal architectural statement, the ‘Jackalope Pavilion’ is a creative and artistic space, through which Jackalope can  showcase public art and activations in an urban context.

“Art is a significant part of Jackalope’s undertaking to provide transformative and immersive experiences,” says Jackalope founder, Louis Li. “Rain Room is our most ambitious curation to date; the work represents the spirit of our hotels – an interplay between imagination, mystery and science.”

“Rain Room can be seen as an amplified representation of self-created environments. It’s an artwork that you inhabit, and as such, it can elicit any number of different socio-behavioural dynamics. Each iteration of the work has been altered in some intangible way by the space and context in which it has been shown, whether through the scent of the water, the fabric of the architecture, or the behaviour of the public.

From rainy London to drought-ridden LA, to the heat of Sharjah, the surrounding climate opens up different perceptions of Rain Room and room for discourse. We’re excited to see how the work resonates on the other side of the world, in the Southern Hemisphere, and in the city of Melbourne.”  says Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass of Random International.

Rain Room has previously exhibited at The Barbican, London (2012); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); the YUZ Foundation, Shanghai (2015); the LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); and at the Sharjah Art Foundation (2017). In Australia, Rain Room will be presented in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Rain Room will be housed within the Jackalope Pavilion on the corner of Acland and Jackson Street, St Kilda. Tickets are now on sale via jackalopehotels.com/art/rainroom for an August 2019 opening. All tickets are sold in 20-minute time blocks (18 PAX per block) and can only be purchased online.

Rain Room is open seven days a week, Sunday to Wednesday from 10am-6pm and Thursday to Saturday from 10am-9pm. The installation will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Pricing (in AUD):

  • Adult - $31.10
  • Concession - $26.00
  • Child (3-17 years, inclusive) - $18.90
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children) - $88.70
  • *Children under two years of age receive free admission when accompanied by an adult with a paying ticket

About Jackalope Art Collection
The Jackalope Art Collection was founded in 2016 by Louis Li, ahead of the group’s debut hotel opening on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. With a background in filmmaking, Li drives the collection’s curatorial concept - to present rebellious pieces as a conceptual layer in storytelling. Often immersive, these pieces are used to create transformative experiences in hospitality, taking guests on a journey through an ever-evolving world of emotions and expressions.

The collection currently comprises international works by Rick Owens, Rolf Sachs and Tracey Emin, alongside local commissions by Emily Floyd, Andrew Hazewinkel and Kate Robertson.

Art Group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL run a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, today they work with larger teams of diverse and complementary talent out of studios in London and Berlin.

Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, the group’s work invites active participation. RANDOM INTERNATIONAL explores the human condition in an increasingly mechanised world through emotional yet physically intense experiences. The artists aim to prototype
possible behavioural environments by experimenting with different notions of consciousness, perception, and instinct.

About ACMI
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is Australia's national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art – situated at the very heart of Melbourne in Fed Square, and the world’s most visited moving image museum. In mid-2019 ACMI will undergo a visionary redevelopment,
transforming the museum into one of the world’s leading public institutions for screen culture and innovation, connecting audiences of industry, education and the public. Its doors will close from mid-2019 to mid-2020.

About Jackalope Pavilion
Designed by March Studio, the Jackalope Pavilion is a temporary structure situated on the corner of Acland and Jackson Streets in St Kilda. The approach to the temporary home of the Rain Room celebrates the transient nature of the work - constructed from standard tube and fitting scaffolding,
and off-the-shelf panels, the pavilion is designed to be movable and reusable.

The Jackalope Pavilion will further advance St Kilda’s vibrancy and cultural dynamic and introduce a new demographic to one of Melbourne’s most storied suburbs. The launch of the Pavilion and decision to bring Rain Room to Australia also supports a key part of Jackalope’s undertaking to bring
internationally significant art to Australia.

About Studio Ongarato
Studio Ongarato is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai with a portfolio of award-winning work, built on creative collaboration, strategic thinking, and a holistic approach to design. Awarded AGDA Design Awards Studio of the Year in 2017, the studio’s
commitment to innovation and bold thinking over the past 25 years has established a design studio that is reputed internationally. Clients range from innovative start-ups and cultural institutions to expanding global brands with work represented in sectors spanning architecture and design, retail and
fashion, art and culture, corporate and educational institutions, and hospitality and leisure.

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