Historical Diagrams

(5 works)
Tarot Cards

(78 works)
HEXEN 2.0 - Cybernetic Séance

(1 video and 2 image works)
Macy Conferences Attendees
(30 phototext works and 1 Gematria work)
LITERATURE

(50 works)

HEXEN 2.0 Suzanne Treister 2009-2011

HEXEN 2.0 looks into histories of scientific research behind government programmes of mass control, investigating parallel histories of countercultural and grass roots movements. HEXEN 2.0 charts, within a framework of post-WWII U.S. governmental and military imperatives, the coming together of scientific and social sciences through the development of cybernetics, the history of the internet, the rise of Web 2.0 and increased intelligence gathering, and implications for the future of new systems of societal manipulation towards a control society.

HEXEN 2.0 specifically investigates the participants of the seminal Macy Conferences (1946-1953), whose primary goal was to set the foundations for a general science of the workings of the human mind. The project simultaneously looks at diverse philosophical, literary and political responses to advances in technology including the claims of Anarcho-Primitivism and Post Leftism, Theodore Kaczynski/The Unabomber, Technogaianism and Transhumanism, and traces precursory ideas such as those of Thoreau, Warren, Heidegger and Adorno in relation to visions of utopic and dystopic futures from science-fiction literature and film.

Based on actual events, people, histories and scientific projections of the future, and consisting of alchemical diagrams, a Tarot deck, photo-text works, pencil drawings, a video and a website, HEXEN 2.0 offers a space where one may use the works as a tool to envision possible alternative futures.

HEXEN 2.0 is the sequel to HEXEN 2039 which imagined new technologies for psychological warfare through investigating links between the occult and the military in relation to histories of witchcraft, the US film industry, British Intelligence agencies, Soviet brainwashing and behaviour control experiments of the U.S. Army.

 


HEXEN 2.0 book with essay by Lars Bang Larsen
and separately available Tarot deck published by
Black Dog Publishing, 2012




For images and information please email suzyRB[at]va.com.au

 


HEXEN 2.0 TOUR VENUES:

Science Museum, London
7 March - 1 May 2012
Installation views

WORK, London
(HEXEN 2.0/Literature works)
16 March - 12 May 2012
Installation views

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV),
Dortmund, Germany
21 April - 22 July 2012
Installation views

Secession, Vienna, Austria
(selected works)
29 June - 2 September 2012
Installation views

D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Germany
11 July - 21 August 2012
Installation views

Laura Mars Grp, Berlin
(HEXEN 2.0/Literature works)
1-29 September 2012

La Maison Populaire, Montreuil, Paris, France
(selected works)
2 October -15 December 2012

Installation views

Galerie Pankow, Berlin, Germany
(selected works)
28 Nov 2012 - 20 Jan 2013


P.P.O.W, New York, USA
17 January - 16 February 2013
Installation views

Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
(selected works)
Jan 26 - 14 April 2013
Installation views

Espace multimédia Gantner, Bourogne, France
24 March - 31 August 2013
Installation views

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
(selected works)
Installation views
26 April - 1 July 2013

Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark
Installation views
20 Sept - 31 Dec 2013

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
(8 Nov - 18 Dec 2013)
Installation views

YGREC Gallery, Paris, France
(selected works)
(April 4th - May 31 2014)

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, USA
(selected works)
(9 Oct - 6Nov 2014)

8th Biennale de Montréal, Canada
(21 Oct 2014 - 4 Jan 2015)

Shanghai Biennale, China
(selected works)
(Nov 22 2014 - March 31 2015)


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