I am a French-Beninese artist working at the intersection of the Arts, Humanities, Science, and Technology. 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 Posthuman and Speculative Fabulations among other schemes.
To address those theories, I work in a variety of media from film, sculpture, site-specific and creative technologies 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
Marc Johnson is a French filmmaker, a visual artist, and an architect based in London, who graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and from the École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais. He also studied at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China and at the Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.
Marc Johnson was awarded the Honorable Mention for Best Experimental Short Film (2018) at the 10th Annual Milwaukee film festival, United States Cornish Family Prize for Art & Design Publishing (2017) from the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in Australia, the Short Film Grand Jury Prize (2016) at the Las Palmas international film festival de Gran Canaria in Spain, the Special Jury Award (2015) at the 42nd Athens Film + Video festival in USA and the LVMH Young Artist Award (2009) in France.
Marc Johnson’s work is an ongoing investigation into the haunted landscapes of the Anthropocene, the Posthuman, multi-species sociability, and entanglements as well as the art of storytelling, among other schemes. To address those theories, Marc Johnson is engaging with a variety of strategies such as collaboration, research, fieldwork, writing, lecturing, filmmaking, installation and photography. In Johnson’s work, the connection between human and other species usually considered as a master-slave relationship is abolished. Consequently, a new relationship emerges aligned with ecological, evolutionary and developmental scientific perspectives, where all beings are considered equal and part of global interdependent ecosystems.
Johnson’s work has recently been presented in numerous solo and collective exhibitions such as Sundance film festival 2018, short film program (USA), Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti-Shrem Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Kramlich collection, 2017 (USA), 5th Moscow Biennale of Young Art, 2017 (Russia), Sundance film festival 2016, New Frontier (USA), La Maréchalerie, contemporary art center, 2016 (France), Zentrum für Medienkunst, Halle, 2016 (Germany), CNEAI=, 2015 (France), Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, 2014 (France), arc en rêve centre d’architecture, 2016 (France), 65th Berlin International film festival, Berlinale Shorts, 2015 (Germany) and, Fondation Ricard, 2009, (France).
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