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Anna Parlane: ‘Shaping young minds: On religion, pedagogy and the art of Michael Stevenson’


Lecture & Film Screening
A Scanner Darkly
Saturday 6 July 2019, 2.30-5pm

Film screening 2.30-3.40pm [1hr 40mins duration], rated M
Discipline lecture 4pm for 4.30pm start [60 mins duration]
Pay bar & light refreshments available

MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art
Ground Floor, Building F
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome

MUMA and Discipline co-present an informal finissage event for the MUMA exhibition Michael Stevenson: Serene velocity in practice: MC510/CS183, comprising a lecture by Anna Parlane, ‘Shaping young minds: On religion, pedagogy and the art of Michael Stevenson’ together with a screening of the animated science-fiction film A Scanner Darkly (directed by Richard Linklater, USA, Warner Bros, 2006).

Anna Parlane: ‘Shaping young minds: On religion, pedagogy and the art of Michael Stevenson’. What, if anything, does Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel have in common with Evangelical pastor John Wimber? Tertiary courses taught by these two controversial figures face off in the mirrored structure of Michael Stevenson’s Serene Velocity in Practice MC510/CS183. While Thiel’s 2014 book about business start-ups, Zero to One, was subtitled ‘how to build the future,’ Wimber famously claimed that ‘church planting is the best form of evangelism.’ In this lecture, Anna Parlane will situate Serene Velocity in Practice in the context of Stevenson’s broader practice, drawing out links between this major new installation and lesser-known works he produced in New Zealand early in his career. Focusing on Stevenson’s interest in both religious
thinking and pedagogy, she will demonstrate that the question of how ideas take effect in the world has always been central to his work. Anna Parlane is a writer and art historian with a particular interest in contemporary New Zealand art. She received her PhD from Melbourne University in 2018, where she currently works as a researcher and sessional academic. Anna is a regular contributor to Memo Review, and her work has appeared in publications including emaj, Reading Room and Un magazine. She previously worked as Assistant curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science-fiction film directed by Richard Linklater, and based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia under constant and intrusive high-tech police surveillance in the midst of a drug epidemic. Linklater’s neo-noir thriller involves an undercover cop (Keanu Reeves) assigned to root out the junkies and dealers of Substance D, only to form his own addiction to the mind-warping drug.

Auslan Interpreting service for the lecture is available on request, subject to availability.

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