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Time Out says

ACMI and Jackalope invite you to practice mindfulness at its reopened exhibition in St Kilda

If you had 15 minutes to spend with yourself surrounded by nothing but darkness and the rain, what would you do? This is something the ‘Rain Room’ by luxe-hotel Jackalope and ACMI wants us to consider. The exhibition has reopened its sliding doors once again and invites us to all take a moment for ourselves to practice mindfulness and embrace the present in the rain.

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the ‘Rain Room’ is an immersive artwork by London-based collective Random International that fills the ceiling of a darkened room with motion sensors and little droplets of recycled water that imitate rain. The result? An experience that you can walk through slowly without getting a single drop of water on you, even though you’re surrounded by what feels like a storm.

The experience stimulates your senses and if you’ve ever been caught in the rain in Southeast Asia, this evokes a similar feeling. It’s slightly warm as the sound of falling rain crescendos but if you walk an inch too quickly you’ll feel the sensation of getting tapped on the head by water. 

‘Rain Room’ is one of Random International’s most famous works and has previously shown at the Barbican in London, MoMA in New York and at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. 

Reopening post-lockdown, the team have introduced a 'Go Private' option that allows a group of up to 12 people to book the room out for 15 minutes and experience it in a more intimate setting. When there’s a smaller group you’re less likely to bump into anyone else or be distracted by other noise.

A special Rain Cake has also been introduced to follow the experience. Available at $10 per slice, the cake was crafted by Black Star Pastry exclusively for 'Rain Room' and comprises a matcha sponge base, layers of lime buttercream, caramelised apricot compote, lemon myrtle and peppermint sponge, finger lime jelly and a white chocolate mousse dusted with lemon myrtle powder. Finally, it’s decorated with little ‘water droplets’ on top. The experience is meant to represent a walk through the Botanic Gardens on a rainy day. Whatever you take away from it, the cake is downright delicious.

Also, a word to the wise: make sure not to wear heels or shoes that you will slip in or you might end up wearing a pair of Crocs that the team hands to you instead.  

The ‘Rain Room’ will be open until the end of March, 2021. Reserve a spot via the website

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