Suzanne Treister "Hexen 2.0"


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HEXEN 2.0 looks into histories of scientific research behind government programs of mass control, investigating parallel histories of countercultural and grass roots movements. Treister's 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, increased intelligence gathering and implications for the future of new systems of societal manipulation towards a controlled 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. Treister's 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.

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

Suzanne Treister studied at St Martin's School of Art, London (1978-1981) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1981-1982) and currently lives and works in London. Primarily a painter through the 1980s, Treister was a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, developing fictional worlds and international collaborative organizations. Recent exhibitions and events include solo and group shows at Science Museum, London; Schirn Kunsthalle Museum, Frankfurt; British Museum, Dana Centre, London; Skolská 28, Prague; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Annely Juda Fine Art, London; and Tate Britain, London. Treister's work is held in private and public collections including Tate Britain, EMI Paris, Arts Council of England, Center for Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu (CoCA), Poland, and AXA Collection.



from January 17, 2013 to February 23, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-01-17 from 18:00 to 20:00

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