Al Hopwood is an award winning artist, writer and curator. Over a twenty year career he's made moving image, photography, performance, text and installation projects with major international galleries. He's collaborated extensively with scientists, actors, filmmakers, writers, magicians, musicians, comedians, designers, psychologists and academics. Follow the links below to find out more about his work.
Al has worked under the guise of the fictional self-help company 'WITH' for 18 years, creating playful conceptual artworks through a series of Solutions. Whether creating evidence of a happier (or more traumatic) past, playing out a worst case scenario or exercising on your behalf, WITH claim to offer their clients "time-saving solutions for personal growth and individual development". Project partners have included Tate Britain, ICA London, Hayward Gallery, Mona Tasmania and Chapter Cardiff. Visit the WITH website to make your way through the solutions and to see documentation of past WITH exhibitions and performances.
Al created the False Memory Archive during a residency at the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths in 2011. It has since grown into an international touring exhibition, a scientific paper, a book, a music project and conference series. Works include a series of collaborations with cognitive psychologists and a collection of 'non-believed' memories submitted by the public. Visit the False Memory Archive website
Al was awarded a Wellcome Engagement Fellowship in 2014 and the result was Smoke and Mirrors - a major exhibition project he initiated and co-curated (with Honor Beddard) at Wellcome Collection in 2019. The exhibition explored the psychology of magic through a collection of artefacts gathered from the history of magic, spiritualism and psychology. More
REDESIGN YOUR LIFE
Al developed (with Sean Parfitt) a six-part TV series pitch with Granada Productions in 2005 for a dark comedy drama called Redesign Your Life. Between 2013-2017 he wrote 2 feature length films called Redesign Your Life and in 2016 he proposed an exhibition called Redesign Your Life. None of them have been made (yet). The most recent Redesign Your Life script can be found here and in 2022 he'll be working with a director on the latest rewrite.