Yesterday I went to see Random International’s Rain Room at The Barbican Centre. The installation requires a lot of trust, the rain is torrential! But you are in control, when you slowly walk into the rain cameras sense your movement and the rain directly above you stops so you stay completely dry. It is a very surreal experience and it felt great to be so involved in what was happening, I think it takes interactive design to a new level.
Only about five people are allowed in the rain at one time so the queue to get in is pretty long, I queued for an hour but thats not too bad… some people I know have queued for three. I think it does kind of work in the installations favour anyway, there is a sense of build up and anticipation and when you finally get into the room you do really take the time to appreciate the whole installation.