Suzanne Treister

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, 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.

Also see: essay by Lars Bang Larsen


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

Book and deck are out of print
Currently available here and here

For images and information please email

Additional print works


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)

BLACKMODULAR, Sydney, Australia
Installation view
June 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)

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV),
Dortmund, Germany
(selected works)
Installation views
14 Nov 2015 - 6 March 2016

HEXEN 2.0 in Virtual Reality
by Alexandre Girardeau

view video demo

Casal Solleric, Fundació Palma Espai d’Art,
Mallorca, Islas Baleares
(selected works)
Installation views

(14 July – 18 August 2016)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
(Tarot works)
Installation views
(10 September 2016 - 26 February 2017)

Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany
(selected wotks in the exhibition The Fevered Specters of Art)
(10 Nov 2016 – 29 Jan 2017)

Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland
(selected works in the exhibition The Museum of Rhythm)
(25 November 2016 – February 2017)

Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia
(selected works in the exhibition New World Order)
Installation views
(10 December 2016 – 18 February 2017)

Stuk Kunstcentrum, Leuven, Belgium
(selected works in the exhibition Artefact: the Act of Magic)
Installation views
(21 February - 9 March 2017)

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
(selected works in the exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70)
(17 June - 9 October 2017)

P.P.O.W., New York, USA
(selected works in the exhibition Visual Notes for an Upside-Down World)
(June 29 – August 18 2017

Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
(selected works in the exhibition &)
(30 June – 5 November 2017)

ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
(selected works in the exhibition Open Codes, Living in Digital Worlds)
Installation views
(20 October 2017 – 27 May 2018)

Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France
(selected works in the Festival international des Arts multimédia GAMERZ 13ème édition)
Installation video
Installation views
(3-12 November 2017)

Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
(selected works in the exhibition Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966 - 1970 dai Beatles a Woodstock, a V&A touring exhibition)
(2 December 2017 – 4 April 2018)

Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, Austria
(selected works in the exhibition Magic Circle)
Installation views
(23 March - 13 May 2018)

Busan Biennale 2018, Busan, South Korea
(selected works)
Installation views
(September 8 - November 11 2018)

The Wende Museum, Culver City, California, USA
(selected works in the exhibition, The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscape of the Cold War)
(Sept 16 2018 - Jan 13 2019)

NRW-FORUM Düsseldorf, Germany
(selected works in the exhibition Im Zweifel für den Zweifel)
Installation views
(21 Sept – 18 Nov 2018)

Thameside Studios Gallery, London England
(selected works in the exhibition, Ocular Inc)
(12-28 April 2019)

Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia
(selected works in the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70)
(27 April – 25 Aug 2019)

Supernormal Festival, Braziers House, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, England
(selected works and group tarot readings)
(August 2-4 2019)
Installation views

Austrian Cultural Forum, London, England
(selected works in the exhibition, Nothing Less! Hundred Years of Women's Suffrage)
(10 Oct 2019 - 31 January 2020)

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
(selected works in the exhibition, Mud Muses, A Rant About Technology)
(12 October 2019 – 12 Jan 2020
Installation views

Science Gallery London, England
(HEXEN 2.0 group tarot reading)
1 November 2019
view photos and report

Ljubljana Design Biennial, Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, Slovenia
(selected works in the exhibition BIO26| Common Knowledge)
(14 November 2019 – 9 February 2020)

ZAK (Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst), Spandau Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany
(selected works in the exhibition disturbance: witch)
10 Sept - 27 Dec 2020

Installation views

Schirn Kunshtalle, Frankfurt, Germany
(HEXEN2.0/Tarot works in the exhibition, We Never Sleep)
24 September 2020 - 10 January 2021

Warburg Institute, London, England
(HEXEN2.0/Tarot reading as part of
Atlas, Atlas - a double book launch)
3 December 2020

Watch video and view tarot spreads

Haus der Statistik, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
(selected works in the exhibition, Calculation Control: Netzkunst und Kybernetik)
April/May 2021

Installation views

Espace multimédia Gantner, Bourogne, France
(selected works in the exhibition, Constellations #2)
(4-29 May 2021)
Installation views

Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
(selected works in the exhibition, The Earth is Flat Again
(24 September 2021 – 16 January 2022)

Seventeen, London, England
(HEXEN 2.0/Tarot deck in the exhibition, Memeplex™)
(11 December 2021 - 5 Feb 2022)
Installation view

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