Exhibition Partners 2013-2018: Mead Gallery Warwick, The Exchange Penzance, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh, Freud Museum London, Carroll/Fletcher London, Wellcome Collection London, Schunck Heerlen Netherlands, ADM Gallery Singapore.
Based upon fascinating scientific research that demonstrates how susceptible we are to false memories, A.R. Hopwood's False Memory Archive features artworks and a unique collection of vivid personal accounts of things that never really happened. Opening with a display of digitally manipulated photographs of UFO sightings, Hopwood’s work evocatively reflects the way we creatively reconstruct our sense of the past, while providing insight into the often humorous, obscure and uncomfortable things people have misremembered.
Hopwood frequently collaborates with psychologists and neuroscientists to revisit key experiments, reflecting on the history and consequences of this provocative field of memory research. Projects include a series of works made with Professor Elizabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine), whose ongoing research has explored how memories of fictional experiences can be created through suggestion and coercion by an authority figure. Her seminal book The Myth of Repressed Memory (1994, with Katherine Ketcham) raised significant questions about the veracity of ‘repressed memories’ recovered in certain forms of therapy and is now considered to be one of the most important contributions to the scientific study of memory. Hopwood has also collaborated with Professor Christopher French (Goldsmiths College) to establish a participatory archive where people can submit their own false or non-believed memories and he has developed new art works with Professor Giuliana Mazzoni (University of Hull); Dr James Ost (University of Portsmouth); Dr Kimberly Wade (University of Warwick) and Professor Sergio Della Sala (University of Edinburgh).
False Memory Archive includes new site-specific work developed with each exhibition partner including the Mead Gallery at the University of Warwick, The University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, The Freud Museum London and Carroll/Fletcher London. The objects, texts and collaborations gathered for the exhibition collectively explore where the truth lies in a ‘false’ recollection, while examining the role artists can play in representing scientific information to the public.
The images above show a selection of works developed for the tour. Selected submissions to the public archive can be downloaded.