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Monday, July 15, 2013

MoMA's Rain Room - The Most Interesting Museum Show in New York City


An exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York has managed to combine all the magical qualities of a rainy day into one 300 square-foot space. And the best part? You don't even have to get wet to enjoy it.
"Rain Room" occupies a dark enclosure on the property adjacent to MoMA. Visitors are invited to roam the space and experience the chilly beauty of falling droplets, while remaining dry thanks to a system of 3D tracking cameras that can sense a person's movement and presence.
"In terms of what the viewer experiences we don't really have set ideas. I think that's the whole idea... to see what experiences they have and how they perceive it and respond and interact with it," explains an ominous voice in the video belonging to one of the London-based artists behind the exhibit -- rAndom International's Stuart Wood, Florian Ortkrass, and Hannes Koch. "That's the actually interesting bit. This variety of stuff that we cannot plan or predict or anticipate."
The exhibit has proved to be wildly popular since it opened in May, attracting hordes of art admirers willing to stand in line for hours to get their time in the showers. A new video from The Creator's Project, however, lets you preview the space before you commit to the queue.

NOTE TO THOSE WHO HATE TO WAIT: People are willing to stand in line for 5 hours to get in - nothing since Alexander McQueen has been this in demand.
Watch the video above for more on the collective's fascinating project, which is a part of EXPO 1: New York.