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Mr Matthew Johnson

Mr Matthew Johnson

Telephone: 0151 904 1277


I am an image maker, researcher and senior academic in the Graphic Design and Illustration department at LJMU. I am working towards a practice based PhD in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College in London under the supervision of Dr. Derval Tubridy. I am interested in hybrid images, multiple regimes of signification and affect and textuality in visual cultures.


2001, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, England, MA
1994, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom, PhD

Academic appointments

External Examiner, School of Art and Design, University of Derby, 2016 - 2021
Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth, 2007 - 2012

Postgraduate training

PGCE, United Kingdom, Institute of Education, 2004 - 2005


Conference publication

Johnson MR. 2016. Eco – aesthetic affect - the everyday life of the photographic image Deleuze and Art: Multiplicities / thresholds / potentialities


Johnson MR. ‘Seeing Beckett’ Liverpool School of Art Atrium Gallery as part of the international Liverpool Irish Festival between 23rd October and the 3rd November 2014.

Johnson MR, Tucker D. Curatorial practice - ‘Seeing Beckett’ Kingsway Contemporary Art Space in Chester alongside the international ‘Beckett in the Regions’ conference held in September 11th – 12th 2014. >Link

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Affective framing of everyday visual culture, Resonances of the work of Judith Butler, nterdisciplinary Research Institute for the Humanities CLUE+ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Oral presentation 05/04/2017

A cosmic wirtschaft - Urban Aesthetic regimes and the imaginary, Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Innovation III, Liverpool University, Paper 08/07/2015

(Interrupting) the signifying regime of the photographic image, 21st Century photography: Art, philosophy, technique, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London, Oral presentation 05/06/2015

‘Apophenia – The still Image and the Desire to ‘Read’, ‘On the Image’ conference, Freie Universität in Berlin, Round table discussion

Media Coverage:

Radio interview Monday 27th October 2014. Radio City, Liverpool. Media review and promotion of Liverpool Irish Festival and 'Seeing Beckett'.

Other Professional Activity:

Programme External Examiner and Moderator for the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at the University of Derby

Teaching qualification:

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Institute of Education, University ofLondon