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Sharjah Art Foundation presents Rain Room for the first time in the Middle East.
Are there days when you really wish it rained more often in the UAE? The Rain Room is your answer, a site-specific installation created by Random International, it provides an immersive experience of continuous rainfall. When visitors enter the room, they are directed to navigate intuitively and carefully through the dark underground space in order to protect themselves from the downpour. As the visitors walk through the room, which uses 1,200 liters of self-cleaning, recycled water, their movements trigger motion sensors that pause the rainfall when their movements are detected.
Founded in 2005, Random International is a London-based collaborative studio for experimental and digital practice within contemporary art. Their work, which includes sculpture, performance and large-scale architectural installations, reflects the relationship between man and machine and centres on audience interaction.
Rain Room was launched at The Curve, Barbican, London (2012) and then presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2015–2017). It is now permanently and exclusively housed in the Middle East through the efforts of Sharjah Art Foundation.
The Rain Room building in Sharjah has been designed by Sharjah Art Foundation and the UAE-based SpaceContinuum Design Studio in collaboration with Shape Architecture Practice + Research, Sharjah.
Tickets are sold on site.
-Adult: 25 AED
-Student: 15 AED (up to 22 years-ID required)
-Teachers: 15 AED (ID required)
-Children: Free admission (up to 5 years)
-People with Disabilities and one caregiver: Free admission
Saturday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday – Thursday:
From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
From 9:00 pm to midnight
Friday: 4:00 pm to midnight