Opening of REST IN PEACE Simulation at Nanfei Bar, Guangzhou (CHN)

REST IN PEACE Simulation, 2022
休息模拟, 2022

Opening: Dec 28, 20:00 (CST) at Nanfei Bar, Guangzhou (CHN)

Hosted by Times Museum's Huangbian Station Contemporary Art Research Center (HBS), as well as online on www.escapinginvolution.com

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.

Vanessa A. Opoku & Philisha Kay
Graphic Design by Lion Sauterleute
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