“Rain Room” Creators Return with Interactive Robotic Sculptures
Future Self presents viewers with their full-length body image, three-dimensionally distributed as tiny points of light. Quoting the minimalist tradition, Random International has reduced the resolution of the reflected form significantly, but without impeding its recognition.
A slight delay in the depiction offers an encounter with the self-image that is immediate yet ethereal. Future Self studies human movement: what it reveals about our identity, the relationship we have with our own image and with others.
The installation is extensively explored in a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Wayne McGregor and scored by Max Richter.
Random International – widely known through their Rain Room project- is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art, founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass. Working from the fringes of art, design, science and architecture, Random International are developing projects and public installations that re-interpret the ‘cold’ nature of digital-based work and emphasise the interaction between the animate (audience) and the inanimate (object or space), bringing the two into a powerful relationship of performance.
Their works have been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013) and London's Barbican (2012). The studio’s work formed part of the Lichtsicht Biennale (2015), Ruhrtriennale (2013), and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011). Random International’s latest work, Swarm Study makes currently its debut at Glasstress, collateral exhibiton during the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).
Their works are among others in the collections of MoMA, New York, LACMA, Los Angeles and Victoria & Albert Museum, London amongst others.
Image rights: Courtesy Galerie Brigitte Schenk and Pace Gallery photography by Ravi Deepres
Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art based in London and Berlin. Questioning aspects of human identity and technology in the post-digital age, Random International’s work invites active participation. Past projects include Temporary Printing Machine (2011), a reactive UV screen that takes transient portraits of the viewer and Rain Room (2012), an immersive, large-scale environment of responsive rainfall.
German, b. 2002, based in London, United Kingdom