The installation, created by Pangenerator in Warsaw, examines selfie culture and its repercussions on teenage life

A media design collective based in Poland, Pangenerator, created an installation examining the ephemeral nature of social media and its effects on teenage life, commissioned by the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

The artists chose to represent “selfie culture” in an artwork that had people sending their selfies to be displayed through gravel-like particles on a screen, before fading away and leaving real gravel at the bottom. The piece, named “hash2ash – everything saved will be lost,” serves as a commentary on the realities of digital culture, and how just because you save a picture doesn't mean that it won't be lost. The artists also looked at Snapchat and Instagram stories for inspiration on temporary images that disappear after 24 hours.

Pangenerator

A media design collective based in Poland, Pangenerator, created an installation examining the ephemeral nature of social media and its effects on teenage life, commissioned by the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

The artists chose to represent “selfie culture” in an artwork that had people sending their selfies to be displayed through gravel-like particles on a screen, before fading away and leaving real gravel at the bottom. The piece, named “hash2ash – everything saved will be lost,” serves as a commentary on the realities of digital culture, and how just because you save a picture doesn't mean that it won't be lost. The artists also looked at Snapchat and Instagram stories for inspiration on temporary images that disappear after 24 hours.