I am an image maker, researcher and senior lecturer in the Graphic Design and Illustration department at LJMU. I am interested in hybrid images, multiple regimes of signification and affect and textuality in visual cultures and on the dynamic interface between disciplinary boundaries. I am currently on indefinite hiatus from a practice based PhD in the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College in London under the supervision of Dr. Derval Tubridy and Dr. Simon O'Sullivan, where I was introduced to the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari and the work of Samuel Beckett and other and I am still happy to be working alongside those ideas.
Primarily working from within what became known as visual cultures, I have a critical interest in the development of this field. I am a reflective visual arts practitioner with research interests across a number of fields of design, art, philosophy. I am interested in the intersection of subjective formations, disciplinary boundaries and class, gender and race, protest and resistance to neo-colonial hegemony and patriarchy. My work pivots around the idea that the everyday provides the material for multiple subjectivities, made manifest through the performances of what is known as 'popular' culture. My recent work includes a number of series of artworks that explore a collision between different regimes of signification following on from Guattari's semiotics, and James Williams reframing of the sign as a process rather than an indexing of an object or event, and I welcome discussion on any or all aspects of signification, affect or the machinery of the control society through the practice led study of everyday 'popular' visual cultures.
My teaching practice includes the nominal leadership of the second year Illustration pathway, as well as some dissertation supervision with third year students on both the Graphic Design and Illustration pathways. I am keen to emphasise the developmental and reflective capacity for practice led learning within a pedagogic context. I enjoy planning and developing the curriculum in a way that challenges habit and orthodoxy within a dynamic social environment. I aim to be socially and politically inclusive in my teaching, using a number of strategies for developed during my post graduate artist / teacher training at the Institute of Education in London.
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, MPhil / PhD (currently on hiatus)
External Examiner and EE mentor, 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
PGCE, United Kingdom, Institute of Education, 2004 - 2005
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
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
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
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Institute of Education, University ofLondon