HEXEN 2.0/Historical Diagrams/From ARPANET to DARWARS via the Internet
HEXEN 2.0/Historical Diagrams/From National Socialism via Cybernetics and the Macy Conferences to Neo-Totalitarianism
HEXEN 2.0/Historical Diagrams/The Computer - From the Antikythera Mechanism to Quantum Telepathology HEXEN 2.0/Historical Diagrams/From Diogenes of Sinope to Anarcho-Primitivism and the Unabomber via Science-Fiction HEXEN 2.0/Historical Diagrams/From MKULTRA via the Counterculture to Technogaianism

It was during a residency in the Texan desert early in 2009 that I first observed a possible connection between the mid twentieth century theories and applications of cybernetics, which arose out of WWII, primarily in the USA where they answered a perceived need for a more controlled society, and our current world of online social media and what is referred to as Web 2.0.

The link was feedback, as in cybernetic feedback loops, with a potential outcome not only of human connectivity and autopoiesis, but also of governmental control.

The historical diagrams, which function as the key to the project, are an attempt to map out specific histories and to show how those histories interrelate, as a means of understanding how we got to where we are and where we may be going from here, in terms of the relationships between technology and politics and war and society.

The five diagrams are drawn separately but each one connects to the larger whole.

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