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False Memory

What is a False Memory?

A false memory is the recollection of something that did not happen or happened differently from the actual events, without consciously intending to deceive or mislead. This exhibition will explore the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories.

False memories are often incredibly realistic, and it can be difficult to differentiate between what really happened and what is being remembered. Many false memory causing factors rely upon our psychological desire to create meaning instead of focusing on the purely perceptual or factual. This reliance on familiarity, and our desire to make sense of the things we see and experience, are often at the detriment of being able to accurately recall certain events. Neither a vivid memory, nor a confidently held memory, is necessarily true.

Pitching imagined experience against lived experience, and considering nostalgia and other memory-based phenomena, the artworks on display explore the factors involved with the creation of false memory. We invite you to consider our perception of being able to accurately remember moments from the past and the relative ease of creating false memories.

“Memory itself is not stable. Each time a memory is re-visited the memory moment is re-written. It is built again like a photocopy that loses resolution”.  Lindsay Seers