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Liverpool School of Art and Design

Mr Matthew Johnson


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, different 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

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 (journal proceedings)

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:

Title of presentation: Affective framing of everyday visual culture, Conference title: Resonances of the work of Judith Butler, Place/location of conference: nterdisciplinary Research Institute for the Humanities CLUE+ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: A cosmic wirtschaft - Urban Aesthetic regimes and the imaginary, Conference title: Libidinal Circuits: Scenes of Innovation III, Place/location of conference: Liverpool University, Presentation type: Paper

Title of presentation: (Interrupting) the signifying regime of the photographic image, Conference title: 21st Century photography: Art, philosophy, technique, Place/location of conference: Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: ‘Apophenia – The still Image and the Desire to ‘Read’, Conference title: ‘On the Image’ conference, Place/location of conference: Freie Universität in Berlin, Presentation type: Round table discussion

Media Coverage:

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:

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

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Institute of Education, University ofLondon