A.R. Hopwood: The False Memory Archive

28 Sep 2013 — 04 Jan 2014

The Exchange

A false memory is a distorted or entirely invented recollection of an experience

Artist A.R. Hopwood has been researching the fallibility of memory to create a new body of work based on collaborations with scientists, other artists and members of the public. At the core of the project is the website www.falsememoryarchive.com where the public are invited to submit their own false or ‘non-believed’ memory to The False Memory Archive.

Hopwood takes scientific findings about memory as a starting point to create works that interrogate and reflect upon what kind of ‘truth’ a false memory can reveal. The collaborations have resulted in a film of a hot air balloon ride, a vinyl LP of ‘silences’ from memory experiments and a series of recordings of the ‘end of the world’.

Hopwood has worked previously as The WITH Collective – withyou.co.uk – creating projects for Tate Britain, The ICA, Hayward Gallery, the V&A and Chapter, Cardiff. He has been artist in resident at the Anomalistic Psychology Research unit at Goldsmiths since 2011 and in 2013 he was selected to become a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.

The False Memory Archive is supported by Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Ilford Lab Direct and Vicon Revue.


Artist’s Talk: Gallery members are invited to join A.R Hopwood for an absinthe cocktail and a walk and talk through his exhibition before it opens to the public.
The Exchange
Friday 27 September, 18.30
Free to Gallery Members

A literary discussion around the topics of the exhibition led by A.R. Hopwood which will include extracts from The Vintage Book of Amnesia: An Anthology of Writing on the Subject of Memory Loss edited by Jonathan Lethem and The Myth of Repressed Memory by Professor Elizabeth Loftus.
The Exchange Café
Friday 8 November, 17.30 – 19.30
Free, booking essential via eventbrite


Join A.R. Hopwood, Professor Christopher French, Dr. Kimberley Wade and Dr. David Barrett for this False Memory Archive event.
The Exchange, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November

Film: Stories We Tell (12A), 109 mins
In conjunction with The False Memory Archive, Penwith Film Society shows Sarah Polley’s autobiographical film that excavates layers of myth
and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family.
The Savoy Cinema, Causewayhead, Penzance
Sunday 10 & Monday 11 November (times TBC)
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Collaborate with A.R. Hopwood
An opportunity to work in collaboration with exhibiting artist A.R. Hopwood to make a mockumentry on the theme of imagined history.
Open to young people aged 16-25 years.
The Exchange
Saturday 7 December, 10.00 – 17.00
Free, but booking essential – as just 10 places available – via eventbrite


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