Peter is a theorist of 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, focused on Foucault’s use of space as a tool of analysis and specifically on the birth of the modern cemetery. As well as running the Heterotopian Studies site, Peter teaches at Bath Spa University. Recent independent research involves collaborative work with artists who are engaged with Foucault’s enquiries into ‘different spaces’. Peter’s work on heterotopia has gained wide international recognition with, for example, his article for History of Human Sciences (2006) becoming one of the most cited works in the journal.
Published articles include:
Johnson, P. (2015) ‘Foucault and Heterotopian Art’ Heterotopian Studies, 1-30. click for pdf
Johnson, P (2016) ‘The ship: navigating the myths, metaphors and realities of Foucault’s heterotopia par excellence‘ Heterotopian Studies 1-15. click for 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 Grasslands 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
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