REST IN PEACE Simulation 

2022 — ongoing

360° Video, 3D Animation

In collaboration with Philisha Kay, for the solo show “REST IN PEACE Simulation” at Nanfei Bar, Guangzhou, as part of “Escaping Involution”, hosted by HB Station in Guangzhou (CHN) and Synnika, Frankfurt/Main (DE).


The ever-evolving complexities and demands of contemporary capitalism have left many navigating a state of limbo, constantly edging a breakdown in a perpetual compulsion to increase, improve and intensify in order to remain afloat.
Within this framework, Vanessa A. Opoku and Philisha Kay are exploring the potentials of escapism into virtual realities.
REST IN PEACE invites the audience to enter states of relaxation through detachment from their physical bodies in several mediated simulations, co-created with the interpretation of artificial intelligence and experienceable in virtual 360° environments.

Within them, the audience is asked to engage in different activities that explore the nagging feelings of anxiety that states of inactivity can produce in our hyperproductive environments and to critically reflect on the individual situatedness of (their own) resting bodies and the privileges implicated in withdrawing from (over)work.
REST IN PEACE points to the entanglements of time and notions of resourcefulness and explores the increasing difficulty of shutting down, even if only for a moment.

ESCAPING INVOLUTION is a collaboration between Times Museum's Huangbian Station Contemporary Art Research Center (HBS) in Guangzhou and Synnika in Frankfurt/Main, supported by the Visual Art Project Fund of the Goethe-Institute, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and the Kulturamt Frankfurt/Main.

Installation view EIGEN+ART Lab
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