“From the first days of RANDOM INTERNATIONAL, we felt this very strong need to emphasize experimentation and self-directed processes in our creation processes, so we couldn’t really do anything but art."
Founded in 2005 by Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, RANDOM INTERNATIONAL is a Berlin- and London-based collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art. Questioning aspects of identity and autonomy in the post-digital age, the group’s work invites active participation through emotional and physical experiences that deconstruct notions of consciousness, perception, and instinct. As AI, biotech, and robotics become rapidly and deeply ingrained in the automation of daily life, their work aims to stimulate wider reflection on the responsive relationships with intangible technologies that underscore the world, while often leaving the question of who is in control open and ambiguous.
RANDOM INTERNATIONAL is best known for Rain Room (2012), an interactive artwork in which the audience remains completely dry while walking through a continuous downpour. The work premiered at the Barbican, London, with further installations around the world from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Work by RANDOM INTERNATIONAL is featured in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.