Michael Stevenson

Double Screen Stand (MC510) and Building and Training a Demon Expulsion Team

Double Screen Stand (MC510) and Building and Training a Demon Expulsion Team by Michael Stevenson

Artwork Detail

This sculptural module Building and Training a Demon Expulsion Team and Double Screen Stand (MC510)’ were originally conceived for the exhibition Serene Velocity in Practice: MC510/CS183 commissioned by the Auckland Art Gallery. Building and Training a Demon Expulsion Team is a sculptural interpretation of one of the course modules in the classroom taught by John Wimber, as Mission Class 510, at Fuller Theological Institute in the 1980s. The sculpture incorporates primary material from Stevenson’s research into the archives at Fuller. The Screen Stand borrows from diagrams used by Wimber, and here acts as proxy teaching aid within the classroom.

Serene Velocity in Practice is based on two seemingly unrelated academic courses, MC510 and CS183, which were modules taught for a short time in Californian higher-learning institutions – one by John Wimber—musician, evangelist, educationalist, author, and founder of Vineyard International Ministries, a global neocharismatic church brand, and the other by Peter Thiel—billionaire, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, public intellectual, philanthropist, author, co-founder of Pay-Pal, Palantir Technologies, Founders Fund, and Facebook angel investor.

John Wimber taught as adjunct instructor at the School of World Missions (Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California). The course; MC510 Signs & Wonders and Church Growth took place over four winter semesters beginning in 1982 and drew on Wimber’s church-growth expertise in relation to faith healing and Kingdom Theology. MC510 is best known for practical sessions, dubbed “clinic time,” where healings and exorcisms were performed by and on class members.

Peter Thiel taught as adjunct staff in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, California. The course, CS183 Startup took place over a single semester in 2012 and drew on Thiel’s expertise in diagnosing the post-2008 business cycle in relation to technology, globalization and the forward challenge of founding tomorrow's successful undiscovered unicorn.

While seemingly poles apart ideologically, Stevenson’s juxtaposition of these worldviews in side-by-side classroom installation suggests how they may have more in common than might first be imagined. Both courses transformed their respective fields, quickly gained mass global followings, best-selling books, and a multitude of cloned courses in academic departments around the world.

Double Screen Stand (MC510) and Building and Training a Demon Expulsion Team
Michael Stevenson
Production date
welded steel, flatscreen displays, liquid chalk marker; aviation tyre, node chair, wood, metal, wax crayon, magazine, chalk, plastic waste
1835 x 600 x 600 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased with the assistance of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2019
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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