Short Statement

I am a French artist working at the intersection of the Arts, Biology and Technological Imaginations. My practice wishes to invite us to an encounter with other forms of life and experiences engaging with inter-species sociability, collaborative survival, the Anthropocene, the Capitalocene, the Posthuman and Speculative Fabulations among other schemes.
To address those theories, I work in a variety of media from films, sculptures, site-specific and living organisms from a posthumanist perspective, that is an attempt to reconsider what we have taken for granted about Homo sapiens, namely the hierarchies between humans and non-humans species.

Marc Johnson’s biography

Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and from the École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais, Marc Johnson was awarded the LVMH Young Creators Award in 2009. He also studied at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China and at the Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.

Marc Johnson “encompasses a vision of enormous ingenuity, scope and scale. He is working at the intersection of digital imaging technology, the biological sciences, and agriculture from a posthumanist perspective and strives for “a horizontal relationship where all beings are considered equal.” Marc’s work is expansive in that it collapses time and space by tapping both ancient knowledge and ritual in concert with current computer technologies. Based in Paris, he demonstrates enormous cultural fluency identifying people and sites globally from Chóngqìng, China to Moray, Peru, as he attempts to locate old and new life-affirming patterns. His process is equally expansive, as he prefers to collaborate with experts across disciplines from the biological sciences to archaeology and ethnography, searching for new avenues to express life’s most profound secrets. Inherent in this work is a spiritual quest for deep connectivity with complex ideas as well as a desire to reach diverse global audiences.” (Betti-Sue Hertz, curator)

His work has recently been presented at numerous solo and collective exhibitions : 5th Moscow Biennale of Young Art (Russia), Sundance film festival, New Frontier (USA), Jeu de Paume art center (Paris), La Maréchalerie, contemporary art center (France), CNEAI= (France), Zentrum für Medienkunst (Halle, Germany), Fondation Ricard (France), arc en rêve centre d’architecture (France), 65th International Berlin film festival, Berlinale Shorts (Germany)…

Awards

2017
Winner
Cornish Family Prize for Art & Design Publishing Australia
2016
Best short film
International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain
3rd Prize (experimental section)
42nd Athens Film + Video Festival USA
2012
Winner
The Dhillon-Marty foundation residence award Japan/India
2009
Winner
LVMH Young Artist Award France
Winner
Clermont-Tonnerre foundation award (Association des Amis des Beaux-Arts) France
2007
Winner
Envie d'Agir : Défi Jeunes France

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Marc Johnson: YúYú Manetti-Shrem Museum of Art (curator: Betti-Sue Hertz)
UC Davis, CA, USA
Sacre du printemps, centre d’art les 3 CHA
Chateaugiron, France
2016
ENSA-V, Versailles, France
Halle, Germany
2011
France

Group Exhibitions

2016
Deep inside, 5th Moscow Biennale of Young Art (curator: Nadim Samman)
Russia
2015
trans(¿)duction, CNEAI=
Chatou, France
2014
The Yvonne Rainer Project, from choreography to cinema Jeu de Paume (curator: Chantal Pontbriand)
Paris, France
2013
Un puzzle pour l'autisme Espace Tajan
Paris, France
2011
The 3rd Eye Valérie Bach gallery
Brussels, Belgium
2010
Lignes of Luck, Fondation Ricard
Paris, France
2009
LVMH Young Artist Awards, Exhibition
Paris, France

Film festival contributions (selection)

2016
SUNDANCE film festival New Frontier
Park City, USA
International Short Film Festival Go Short
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
French Film Festival, COLCOA
Directors Guild Theater Hollywood, USA
Rooftop film festival, Summer Series
New York, USA
2015
65th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Shorts
Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Bristol, UK

Education

Degree (2014)
France
2011-2013
National School of Architecture, Paris-Malaquais
Paris, France
Degree (2013)
Master in Architecture,
M. Arch.
France
2012
China Academy of Art, (professor Wang Shu)
Hangzhou, China
2006-2011
Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, ENSBA
France
Degree (2011)
Master of Fine Arts (DNSAP), M.F.A
France
2009-2010
Hunter College, City University of New York, Graduate Art Department
New York, USA
2007
Residency program, A.R.T.
Tokyo, Japon

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