Bio & Contact

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.  Recent independent research (2014-17) involved collaborative work with artists who are engaged with Foucault’s enquiries into ‘different spaces’. Present research, which is open for collaboration,  concerns how heterotopia might play in the ‘world’ of the digital. Peter lives on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.

Peter captured behind Gérard Fromanger’s installation Souffles (1968) at exhibition in Paris (2016)

To contact Peter: peterj5319@gmail.com

Published articles include:

Johnson, P. (2006) ‘Unravelling Foucault’s Different Spaces’, History of the Human Sciences, 19 (4): 75-90.

Johnson, P. (2008) ‘Foucault’s Spatial Combat’ Society and Space, Environment and Planning D, 28 (4): 611-626.

Johnson, P. (2008) ‘The Modern Cemetery: a design for life’, Social and Cultural Geography, 9 (7) 777-790.

Johnson, P. (2013) ‘The Geographies of Heterotopia’, Geography Compass, 7 (11) 790–803.

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 Studiespdf

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

 

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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)

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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)

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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