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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
'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
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
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