Tower / Instant Structure for Schacht XII
Wednesday, 25. September,
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Known for their large-scale, experimental installations that explore natural phenomena, London based studio rAndom International have created a monumental, performative structure within World Heritage Zollverein using its plentiful, native material: water.
rAndom International use a mass of falling droplets to create a monolithic structure, an ephemeral tower that appears and disappears instantaneously. The sound of the falling 'rain' is intensely loud and a sensation of moisture lingers in the air. Through the senses, the installation explores possibilities for engagement with, and access to, an historic, industrial space not originally intended for social use. In sharp contrast to the solid and static architecture of World Heritage Zollverein, the 'simulated structure' of the Tower is transient, its watery presence a temporary spectre.
By bringing such large quantities of water into the controlled form of a building, rAndom International investigate if a structural purpose can wrought upon this otherwise chaotic element. The architecture of the space becomes performative, inviting those within it to experience the water of World Heritage Zollverein in a uniquely physical and intimate way.
The artists recently have celebrated major success with their installation Rain Room shown in the Barbican Centre London.
Urbane Künste Ruhr annually contributes to the Ruhrtriennale and emphasizes the urban environment of the industrial event locations. In 2012, Urbane Künste Ruhr presented the successful projekct "Pulse Park". More information can be found in our archive.