#29 Social Media

Speaking: Willem Popelier

Willem Popelier in his exhibition 'Ephemeral Photographs'. photo Hetty de Groot

‘Social Abstinence’, a new concept that suddenly pops up as the corona virus spreads around the world. “If people have to stay at home, they will still contact each other through social media,” Willem Popelier uttered during a lecture on Wednesday evening March 11 for a small group of people in Pennings Foundation. Nobody could have foreseen that developments would go so fast. Two days later, Pennings Foundation, like many other cultural institutions, is forced to close the building to visitors. This means that the exhibition of Willem Popelier, Ephemeral Photographs has been put on hold.

Ephemeral Photographs is a remarkable project about aesthetic images, images of nature, made quickly on the way, just like everyone takes a photo with their mobile phone. Every day only one aesthetic photo is on show, both in the exhibition space and on social media. The exhibition space is filled with color planes. These correspond to the aesthetic photos, because each shows the average color of the original image. Every day at a different