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Professor Stephen Johnstone

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
Email s.johnstone (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 5179

Stephen Johnstone has worked in collaboration with Graham Ellard since 1993. Their work is concerned with the relationship between pre-cinematic spectacle and immersive space and abstract film and cinematic spectacle. This body of work exists at the intersection of architecture and film and draws on and emphasises the architectural qualities of the projected video image to create an immersive and dynamic space that the spectator experiences as a kind of performer. Most recently, their work has engaged with the conventions of representing architectural space in film.

Academic qualifications

  • Phd, Middlesex Polytechnic, 'Anecdotes of Romantic Failure: Issac D'Israeli's 'Dissertation on Anecdotes', 'Characteristics of Genius', and 'Calamities of Authors'', 1994    
  • M/Phil Research, Middlesex  Polytechnic, 'Failure and the Romantic Image of the Artist', 1991 (funded by British Academy Research Scholarship)  
  • BA Contemporary Cultural Studies, Middlesex Polytechnic, 1986
  • Cert Ed Fine Art  Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1982

Professional projects

Stephen's work with Graham Ellard has been commissioned by De La Warr Pavillion, Cornerhouse and Film and Video Umbrella, London. He received a public art commission along with dePaor Architects in 2001 for 'Holding Pattern', an A13 Artscape Project at the Lodge Avenue Interchange in Barking, Essex. His work has been funded by Film London, the London Arts Board, the Arts Council of England and the London Film and Video Development Agency.

His group exhibitions with Ellard have been featured around the world, including the Photographer's Gallery, the ICA and Architectural Association in London, the Van Alen Institute in New York, Bregenzer Kunstverein in Austria, the V2 Gallery in Rotterdam, the Stockholm House of Culture in Sweden, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia. They have been funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, among others.

 

 

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Proposal for an Unmade Film (Set in The Future)
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2009. Proposal for an Unmade Film (Set in The Future). In: "'In Search of the Unknown'", NIMK, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Motion Path
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2006. Motion Path. In: "Motion Path", De La Warr Pavilion, 4/1/2006 - 7/31/2006.

Gymnasion
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2001. Gymnasion. In: "Gymnasion", Bregenzer Kunstverein, Palais Turn and Taxis, 7/14/2001 - 9/2/2001.

Exhibition Catalogue

'Passagen'
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 1995. 'Passagen'.

The Alien and the Domestic. Exhibition Catalogue
Johnstone, Stephen. 1995. The Alien and the Domestic. Exhibition Catalogue.

Article

The Bomb Interview: Anthony McCall with Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone.
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2006. The Bomb Interview: Anthony McCall with Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone. Bomb Magazine., 97, pp. 65-75. ISSN 07433204

Photographic project
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 1997. Photographic project. COIL, 4,

'Believe Me. Everybody Has Something Pierced in California : A Conversation with Nayland Blake'
Johnstone, Stephen and Gange, John. 1993. 'Believe Me. Everybody Has Something Pierced in California : A Conversation with Nayland Blake'. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 19, ISSN 0950-2378

Book

Passagen (Electric art) CD-ROM
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 1998. Passagen (Electric art) CD-ROM. Ellipsis Architectural Press/Film and Video Umbrella, with assistance from the Arts Council of England. ISBN 9781899858163

Book Section

Motion Path. A Building Films Itself
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2008. Motion Path. A Building Films Itself. In: Frank Eckardt, ed. Media and Urban Space: Understanding, Investigating and Approaching Mediacity. 1 Berlin: Frank and Timme. Verlag fur Wissenschaftliche Literatur, Berlin., pp. 181-200. ISBN 978-3-86596-142-6

Walter Benjamin’s Panorama
Johnstone, Stephen. 1995. Walter Benjamin’s Panorama. In: Charlotte Pöchhacker, ed. film+arc. graz, 2nd biennale of film und architektur. Graz. ISBN 39500284-1-2

'The Politics of Seduction'
Johnstone, Stephen. 1993. 'The Politics of Seduction'. In: Mike Gane, ed. Baudrillard Live: Selected Interviews. London: Routledge, pp. 152-155. ISBN 978-0415070386

Edited Book

Anthony McCall Notebooks and Conversations
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham, eds. 2015. Anthony McCall Notebooks and Conversations. Lund Humphries. ISBN 978-1-84822-169-7

The Everyday
Johnstone, Stephen, ed. 2008. The Everyday. London and Cambridge, MA: Whitechapel Gallery/The MIT Press. ISBN 9780262600743

Film/Video

For An Open Campus
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2015. For An Open Campus.

Everything Made Bronze
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2013. Everything Made Bronze.

Things to Come
Johnstone, Stephen and Graham, Ellard. 2010. Things to Come.

Neue Museen
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2010. Neue Museen.

Machine On Black Ground
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2009. Machine On Black Ground.

Proposal, for an Unmade Film (Set in the Future)
Johnstone, Stephen and Ellard, Graham. 2007. Proposal, for an Unmade Film (Set in the Future).