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)

(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



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

Department of History of Art
University College London, England
HEXEN 2.0/Tarot readings
22 January 2014

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

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

Biennale de Montréal, Canada
(22 Oct 2014 - 4 Jan 2015)
Installation views

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

fig-2, ICA, London England
Installation views
(April 6 - 12 2015)

Test Exposure, 16th WRO Media Art Biennale,
WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland
(selected works)
Installation views
(May 13 - Sept 2015)

iMAL, Center for digital cultures and technology, Brussels, Belgium
Installation views
(May 14 - June 14 2015)

Island - Adaptation II, g39 Cardiff, Wales
(selected works)
(3rd July – 12th September 2015)

Aksioma Project Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Installation views
(2 - 25 September 2015)

Infosphere, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe,
(selected works)
Installation views
(4 September 2015 - 31 Jan 2016)

Temporary Gallery, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst,
Cologne, Germany
(selected works)
Installation views
(5 September – 20 December 2015)

EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, Germany
(selected works)
Installation views
(17 September - 24 October 2015)

HEXEN 2.0 in Virtual Reality
by Alexandre Girardeau

view video demo

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