From Military Time Travel Research Projects to ‘HEXEN 2.0’
Friday 23 January 2015
4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m
3 bis rue Papin
Open to the public but limited seating
Reservations - firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1995 Suzanne Treister invented the alter-ego Rosalind Brodsky, a time traveller working for the Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality in the 21st century. Alongside personal historical data Brodsky also documented several military research projects carried out by the institute, culminating in HEXEN 2039 (2006), a project which developed new military-occult technologies for psychological warfare.
In 2011 Treister completed HEXEN 2.0 which 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. 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.
Suzanne Treister is an artist working in London. Initially recognized in the 1980s as a painter, she became a pioneer in the digital/new media/web based field from the beginning of the 1990s, making work about emerging technologies, developing fictional worlds and international collaborative organisations. Utilising various media, including video, the internet, interactive technologies, photography, drawing and watercolour, Treister has evolved a large body of work which engages with eccentric narratives and unconventional bodies of research to reveal structures that bind power, identity and knowledge. Often spanning several years, her projects comprise fantastic reinterpretations of given taxonomies and histories that examine the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal.