studio of time 2011 | led’s corian back pane, software and electronics | click > enlarge
An awful lot happens without people being aware. They come to certain conclusions and even performs actions without ever really, consciously considering why. This is what forms both the impetus and the investigation of the studio’s work; we experiment. We attempt to simulate the natural by reducing the subtleties of behavior down to the minimum required for recognition to explore our own, human, existence. / rAndom International, 2012.
London-based studio rAndom International has been creating kinetic artworks and interactive installations since 2005. In the short time since the studio’s inception, rAndom has made a significant shift in focus from the object to the experience. Before The Rain chronicles this transition through the studio’s oeuvre, simultaneously exhibited to a fuller extent than ever before, alongside new works.
self portrait 2010 | light reactive screen, corian frame, electronic uv glass led print head, rapid prototype and tracking software
audience 2008 | cast iron, 128 servo motors, 64 mirrors, custom motion tracking software, camera
The acclaimed installation Audience marks an early investigation into performance, behavior and the role of the viewer -something again explored in Study For A Mirror, rAndom’s first piece for Carpenters Workshop Gallery. 2010s seminal work Swarm Light, which makes collective decision-making manifest in light, is testament to the studio’s first foray into extended behavioral research, which has since become crucial to the studio’s practice. Movement had been studied, in different ways, through OLED work You Fade To Light, kinetic sculpture Fly and, most recently, performative light installation Future Self.
future self 2012 | aluminum, electronics, 3d cameras, led’s
swarm 2010 | installation at v&a | 9,000 led’s, brass rods, 3,000 circuit boards, sound sensors and software
Exploring both the passing and the perception of time through light and motion, rAndom’s Study of Time has particular poignance in the context of this exhibition. Before The Rain explores the development of this unique studio and is a nod to their most significant tipping point yet, the forthcoming exhibition at Barbican Curve, Rain Room.
Pieces on show: audience, you fade to light, swarm, study of time, sunlight video, self portrait study for a mirror, future self, the fly.