Peter Johnson is a leading authority on Foucault’s heterotopia. His first degree was in English and Philosophy at the University of York and he later studied for an MSc in Cultural Theory and an interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Bristol. His thesis, On heterotopia, focuses on Foucault’s use of space as a tool of analysis in relation to the birth of the modern cemetery. Independent research has involved collaborative work with artists who are engaged with Foucault’s enquiries into ‘different spaces’. Present research, which is open for collaboration, concerns Michel Serres’ methods of thought and how heterotopia might play in our digital era. Peter lives on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.
To contact Peter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published articles include:
Johnson, P. (2019) ‘The Ambiguity of Gardens’ in S. Rosenthal (Ed.) Garten Der Irdischen Freuden [Garden of Earthly Delights] Milan: Silvana Editoriale 244-247. (catalogue to accompany exhibition at Gropius Bau, Berlin)
Johnson, P. (2020) ‘New Communication Technologies and the Transformations of Space: Lessons from Michel Serres’ Thumbelina’ in S. Ferdinand, I. Souch and D. Wesselman, D.(Eds.) Heterotopia and Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century. London and New York: Routledge (published February 2020)
Essays published on this site:
Johnson, P. (2015) ‘Foucault and Heterotopian Art’ Heterotopian Studies, 1: 1-30. pdf
Johnson, P. (2016) ‘The ship: navigating the myths, metaphors and realities of Foucault’s heterotopia par excellence‘ Heterotopian Studies, 2: 1-15. pdf
Johnson, P. (2018) ‘Metaphors and things of the Internet’ Heterotopian Studies, 3: 1-12 pdf
Shorter texts include:
Johnson, P. (2014) ‘Making heterotopia: some explorations through contemporary art’, Heterotopian Studies. pdf
Johnson, P. (2015) ‘Joseph Cornell’s Untitled Book-Object: testing the boundaries of heterotopia’, Heterotopian Studies. pdf
Texts in response to the exhibition The path that runs across (2015) (see below).
Paper for symposium Another Art World is Possible (2015) (see below).
Accompanying exhibition essay for Fiona Ackerman’s Glasslands at Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (2016/17) (see below)
Collaborative piece with artist Karen Browning – ’50 years 0n – the heterotopian mirror of enchantment, self-reflection and disruption’ (2017) pdf
A short introductory text for exhibition ‘Heterotopia’ with work by Sud Baloch, Ray Husband, Ausama al Khalil and Azad Mohammed, held at Saabat Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK September 1 -29 September 2018 (see below)
THE PATH THAT RUNS ACROSS
Risograph book, 50 pages, limited edition, thepaththatrunsacross.tumblr.com
Michaela Nettell, Nicholas Cheeseman and Rachel Wilberforce. Texts by Peter Johnson and Maru Rojas (2015)
ANOTHER ART WORLD IS POSSIBLE
A collaborative symposium on heterotopias and finding ‘other spaces’
held at no.w.here Bethnal Green, London (19 Nov, 2015)
FIONA ACKERMAN : G L A S S L A N D S
November 26th – January 7th, 2017
Winsor Gallery presents Fiona Ackerman’s newest body of work, GLASSLANDS – a selection from a series of paintings, oil and acrylic, debuted in a solo booth at Art Toronto 2016
50 YEARS ON: THE MIRROR OF ENCHANTMENT, SELF-REFLECTION AND DISRUPTION
A collaboration with artist Karen Browning (March, 2017)
Claude’s Mirror Cracked, 2014
‘HETEROTOPIA’ – SAABAT GALLERY – MIDDLESBOROUGH< UK.
1- 29 September 2018