New immersive exhibit in Germantown centers on 'naps as art'

'Supine Horizons' encourages visitors to rest, renew

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new art exhibit is aimed at getting visitors some much needed rest.

Outside of the KDD Theatre in Germantown are signs that read "Rest and renew" and "Naps as art." Inside are bean bag seats, plush carpets and comfy couches with ambient music playing in the background.

When you step into the "Supine Horizons" immersive art installation inside the theatre, you’ll be encouraged to slip off your shoes and put your phone away, then to relax on the soft, plush furniture.

"You'll then walk into a dimly lit space where there are projected visuals that are very slowly moving and somewhat organic, that are corresponding with very ambient soundscapes in the space," said Nicole Pollard, curator of lived culture at Philadelphia Contemporary, which presents the free exhibit.

Pollard said it's being displayed in part to recognize that most people do not get enough rest in their lives. The message of the exhibit, Pollard said, goes against today's "hustle and grind" culture.

"Literally the systems that kind of shape our world really don't allow for the most ample form of collective healing and well-being, and really puts us in a position where we're constantly feeling like we have to move and not stop," said Pollard.

"I would say my goal with this project is not so much that we're going to solve people's lifetime of rest problems, but more so hopefully spark this idea [that] it's important and how that corresponds to the larger systems in our world."

The exhibit allows visitors to come in for up to an hour. It will also host yoga and acupuncture sessions. "Supine Horizons" runs until December 20.

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