Science Museum announces arrival of Suzanne Treister's "gloriously detailed" Hexen 2.0

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 February 2012
An image of a multicoloured psychedelic illustration of a head surrounded by lettering
Suzanne Treister, HEXEN 2.0 / Tarot / XVII The Star - Quantum Computing - AI© Suzanne Treister
Suzanne Treister, the British artist known for her investigations into the way governments and the rise of the internet have led to a “control society”, will present a typically complex set of works at the Science Museum in March 2012.

Hexen 2.0 features huge, intricate diagrams, photo-text works, a hand-coloured set of 78 re-imagined Tarot cards and a film presenting a séance of controlled thinking. The Orwellian show is part of the London institution’s contemporary art programme.

Described as “gloriously detailed” by the museum, Treister will examine the history of scientific and social sciences, with a particular focus on the way the US government has approached them since World War II.

She says she wants the Bridge gallery display to offer audiences a “deeper understanding of specific histories, theories and future hypotheticals of the sciences”, promising to broaden our view on “science’s interrelationships with the cultural, the political, the military and the social.”

“Treister’s elaborately constructed narratives examine a period of significant development in the recent history of technology,” suggests Hannah Redler, the museum’s Head of Arts Projects.

“They demonstrate a keenly felt thirst to unpick truths and alternative theories, in ways which simultaneously retell hidden stories and appear to create extraordinary myths.

“HEXEN 2.0 is a beautiful, compelling body of work which will captivate and amaze our visitors.”

  • Runs March 7 – May 1.

More pictures:

An image of a blurry monochrome illustration of a man in a suit moving a piece on a board
HEXEN 2.0 / Macy Conference Attendees / Claude E. Shannon (Mathematician and Electronic Engineer)© Suzanne Treister
An image of an enormously detailed black ink illustration of heads and lettering
HEXEN 2.0 / Diagrams / From ARPANET to DARWARS via the Internet. Rotring ink on paper© Suzanne Treister
An image of a colourful graphic illustration reimagining of the American intelligence flag
HEXEN 2.0 / Tarot / XVI The Tower - NSA TIA© Suzanne Treister
An image of a black ink illustration of thousands of words making patterns on a canvas
HEXEN 2.0 / Diagrams / From Diogenes of Sinope to Anarcho-Primitivism and the Unabomber via Science-Fiction© Suzanne Treister
An image of a colourful psychedelic illustration of the letters LSD
HEXEN 2.0 / Tarot/ Nine of Wands - LSD© Suzanne Treister
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