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Creator of Tarot Cards ‘Hexen 2.0’, Suzanne Treister

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research is home to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest supercollider in the world. The laboratory’s stated purpose is to perform high-energy particle physics.

Every year CERN elects new artists to create pieces that interpret their research. The Collide International Award is a three-month residency program. The program runs in collaboration with the UK’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) which fully funds a two months stay at CERN and an additional month at FACT headquarters in Liverpool.

This year CERN’s Collide winner was Suzanne Treister. Her projects reinterpret given taxonomies and histories to examine the existence of covert, unseen forces at work in the world, whether corporate, military or paranormal.

In 1995 she created an alter ego, Rosalind Brodsky, a time-traveling researcher from the Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality.

Treister’s novel “Hexen 2039 charts Brodsky’s scientific research towards the development of new mind control technologies for the British Military, through a kaleidoscopic series of drawings, diagrams and photographs which are by turns baroque, challenging, comic, elegant, mysterious and intriguing. These works uncover or construct links between conspiracy theories, occult groups, Chernobyl, witchcraft, the US film industry, British Intelligence agencies, Soviet brainwashing, and behaviour control experiments of the US Army and its Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (PSYOP), in light of alarming new research in contemporary neuroscience.”


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