Breaking Boundaries with Random International
We've been pushing boundaries between science and nature over generations, the seen and the unseen and the emotions of which translated through art and our inventions with endless possibilities. Art is experienced in every imaginable way with all of our senses, through the touch of a raindrop, the sound of the strings, the smell of rustic oak and the taste of the bittersweet dessert.
Venturing through human emotions in different environments from the concrete world and machinery to mother nature's home. Based in London and Berlin, Art Group Random International run a collaborative studio, founded by Visionaries Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass both born in Germany and united at university in London. Together, their vision of creating memorable journeys of their passion with science and nature, its functionality and complexity were internationally experienced through their art works and installations.
Rain Room, 2012
RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Rain Room, 2012. Exhibited at The Curve, Barbican, London. Courtesy of The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art. Photography by RANDOM INTERNATIONAL
Let's admit we've all wished we could go back to those childhood days where we'd find the joy in running into a shower of rain without worrying about getting all soaked up.
Rain Room, explores how we interact and respond when rain is presence. The interactive installation downpours water as visitors walk in the space, experience the true nature of rain with its sound and smell giving the illusion of being exposed yet remained dry and untouched — a beautiful experience bringing the relationship back between human and nature.
"Rain Room can be seen as an amplified representation of our environment."
RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Fragments, 2016. Exhibited at Pace Gallery, NY. Photography by RANDOM INTERNATIONAL
Fragments, aims to distort the clear reflection of the viewer as they move towards it forcing them to view things in a different perspective in three-dimensional forms. The mirror is hung against the wall in almost two hundred identical small mirrors arranged in a grid to form a flat, homogenous surface.
"Engaging with the piece creates a physical, interrelated dialogue between human and non-human behaviour."
Swarm Studies 2010 -2018
RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, Swarm Study IX, 2016. Installed outside the Hauptbahnhof Chemnitz, Germany. Photography by Jan Bitter
One of the most beautiful natural phenomena one can experience is through nature’s light and movement. The graceful échappé of the northern lights to the grand jeté of the birds’ first flight
Swarm studies invite us through the world of light and movement. Inspired by the acrobatic efficiency of flocking birds, our presence brings the installation to life.
When a person approaches the installation, it reacts with "the swarm of light" altering to the direction and follows the path of the visitor in response to the sound of their presence, creating an illusion of the structure moving when in fact it is the flow of light.
“As such the series questions the faculty of the human brain as a meaning-making machine.”
Works in the series range from immediate, small-scale sculptures suited to the domestic sphere, to monumental site-specific installations such as Swarm Study / III in the collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, to the architectural intervention Swarm Study / IX which occupies the entire facade of Chemnitz Railway Station in Germany. Commissioned by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Swarm Study / XIII is made up of one single, monolithic cube, which the illuminated Swarm inhabits.