The Ethics of Deception

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Grid of six pixellated photographs from shopping mall security cameras, where all adults have been crudely 'Photoshopped' out of each image, leaving one remaining child. The images have a red/pink tone applied to them.
False memory archive: Crudely erased adults (lost in the mall). © A R Hopwood.

The political consequences of widespread misinformation are becoming ever more apparent, and anyone using deceptive strategies in their work should take extra care. In this series, artist A R Hopwood examines the applications of deception in visual culture, the therapy room, and the science lab and asks: are there any circumstances under which deception can be justified?

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A R Hopwood

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A R Hopwood is an artist and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. He has collaborated extensively with experimental psychologists to create art projects about memory, belief and misdirection including WITH and the False Memory Archive. He is co-curator of ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’.