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Michael Stevenson: Serene velocity in practice: MC510/CS183

22 May – 6 July 2019

Commissioning Curator:
Natasha Conland, Curator Contemporary Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland
12 November 2017 – 6 February 2018

Carriageworks, 21st Biennale of Sydney
16 March – 11 June 2018

Serene velocity in practice: MC510/CS183 was a major commission by New Zealand artist Michael Stevenson, well known for his sculptural works that ‘excavate the ironies of history through scrutiny of its relics and artefacts’.

Serene velocity in practice was based on two seemingly unrelated academic courses, C510 and CS183, which were modules taught for a short time in Californian higher-learning institutions—one by Vineyard Ministries founder, John Wimber, at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena; the other by Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Peter Thiel at Stanford University’s Computer Science faculty. While seemingly poles apart ideologically, Stevenson’s juxtaposition of these pedagogical models in side-by-side classroom installations suggests how they may have more in common than might first be imagined. Both courses were transformative in their respective fields and each quickly developed a mass following globally, resulting in best-selling books and a multitude of educational spin-offs and further impact.

Image: Michael Stevenson: Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183. Installation view, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2019. Photo: Andrew Curtis

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Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with commissioning partners the Biennale of Sydney 2018 and MUMA.

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