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Published: 22 Mar 2012

Hexen 2.0

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In her new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, Suzanne Treister uses art as a medium to examine how sociology, science and technology have evolved since the Second World War.

Treister’s work traces history through prints, paintings and multimedia video. One print links the work of American author Ken Kesey to transhumanism, a concept that revolves around the human psyche and emerging technologies. Elsewhere, re-imagined tarot cards give background on historical figures such as British writer Aldous Huxley and phenomena such as the internet.  Each card highlights a person, thing or concept, and the cards can be placed together to reveal previously unseen connections.

Hexen 2.0 is particularly relevant to the digital age in showing how history might influence technology in the future.

“I hope people have a greater understanding of the history of technology and the implications now, and how the internet may be used or abused,” Treister said.

Hexen 2.0 will be on display at the Science Museum until May 1. For more on ideas relating to emerging technologies and transhumanism, see our report on artificial intelligence here.

Sciencemuseum.org.uk

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