Update: Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize.2021


I am pleased to inform you that tomorrow 6/9 at 11:00 a.m a press conference will be held to present the exhibition of the finalists (of which I am one) of the Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize.

This will take place in the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Genzano di Lucania (which is the municipality where a wonderful Monteserico Castle is located, which will host the exhibition). The international jury and the most important events of the calendar will also be presented.

Here is the link to the press release that will be issued tomorrow morning  

Warmest Regards



Boundaries, Berlin, Sep-Nov 21




James Johnson-Perkins, Bruno Pavic, Jun-Yuan Hong

Bekarei, Video Art Space 

Wrangelstraße 44



Berlin Berlin

September 4 - November 5

Opening September 4th 6-9pm 

Inspired by the 90’s Berlin art scene, Video Art Space is born. Art was all over the city and out of the established circuit, from video projections to many different kinds of art interventions. With this in mind, a new space like this for artists has been made to show artist work, for creative dialogue and reflection.

Here videos are projected on one of the central windows of the cafe’s facades, between the cafe and the public space. These will run everyday from 20 p.m. to 00 am.

Four Films in Reverse, 2020

In this Videostalgia work 4 Films in Reverse Boundaries have a critical role in its development and take on the distribution of the cultural elements. In The Location of Culture, Homi Bhabha draws attention to interstitial spaces, where, frames and borders ‘in-between’ become ‘innovative sites of collaboration and contestation in the act of defining the idea of society itself’. In sympathy to this notion, this work explores art historical perspectives critically and creatively, exploring boundaries and their meaning, including: Religious, political, phycological and physical divides. This relates both to the artist's own creative internal spaces as well as toward a globalized society at large. 





Shortlisted for the Primary Review

Passepartout Photo Prize

aims supports the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing monetary awards every year, publication and exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy.










Exhibition of the Finalists 

16th - 26th September 

Castello di Monteserico 

The Mediterranean contemporary art prize is the biennial prize conceived by the Porta Coeli Foundation to produce systematic and substantial solicitations in contemporary art, promoting the development of an environment that encourages the creation of relations with those many specificities of territories and society that characterise Italy. In order to produce frictions, encounters and exchanges of collective and mutual interest, the Foundation creates the conditions for the connection of an international artistic community with instances and roots of geographical, cultural and anthropological contexts of high value and certain peculiarities. 

Common ground the theme the “common ground” is that metaphorical place where divergences meet, where the dialogue and the negotiation of commonality sought. It is a place where entities that recognise themselves as different find the possibility of exchange, of a consensual encounter. This common place is not devoid of conflict, roughness and compromise, but also focused on a shared sense of the humanity that is nourished by the celebration of moments of cultural conviviality: this is the true meaning of the event. Common ground is also a symbolic formula in subtle antinomy with the fluid nature of the sea to which it refers: an allusion to the unstable and controversial form of the relational dimension, whose vitality and contrasts have always been the subject of art investigations.

The Castle of Monteserico rises not far from the battlefield where the Normans and Byzantines clashed, the focal point of a great parable that from Robert Guiscard (buried in nearby Venosa, Potenza, near his magnificent Incompiuta, his unfinished temple) led to the conquest of Sicily and the creation of artistic languages that linked Byzantine mosaic art, Norman military strength, Romanesque sense of the sacred and Arab architectural technology and styles (ogival arches, muqarnas, wind towers, etc.): a sampling of forms and proto-engineering methods that were fundamental for the art of the whole of Europe over the next three or four centuries. https://www.mcartprize.org/en/

Runner up, The Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize, Jul 21



The Alpine Fellowship is an international foundation that supports, commissions and showcases artists, writers, academics and playwrights at all stages of their careers. They are committed to discovering emerging talent, to disseminating new ideas and to sharing thoughts about art, literature and philosophy. All of thier work is built around an annual symposium - a gathering of artists, philosophers, writers and academics at which to encourage like-minded individuals to share expertise and knowledge with those from a diverse array of creative and intellectual professions.

International Performance Art Festival Buenos Aires, AUSTRAL, 23-27 Jun 21



The second edition of the International Performance Art Festival Buenos Aires, AUSTRAL, invites the general public to its 2021 program aptly called “AUSTRAL desde lo VIRTUAL” (AUSTRAL from the virtual realm) to take place online from June 23rd to 27th through Zoom platform. 

Registration Link:



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Like many other festivals around the globe, AUSTRAL didn’t take place in 2020 due to the pandemic. However the use of new technologies and present day capabilities of live video stream have made possible the creation of an online program to continue with the exploration and experimentation of Performance Art by local, national and international practitioners. The festival’s program will feature 45 artists from various countries presenting live and video performances (Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27, 6 pm), as well as Workshops (Saturday 26, 2 pm), a Panel Discussion (Saturday 26, 4 pm) and a Forum (Sunday 27th, 4 pm) the closing day of the festival (Sunday 27th, 6 pm).

AUSTRAL was created and is under the curatorial direction of Hector Canonge in collaboration with ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), the transcontinental network of performance artists of the Americas, and presented in collaboration with the hosting institutions: Centro Cultural Paco Urondo -FILO:UBA, UMBRAL Espacio de Arte, and Zona Imaginaria





KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ICTEL, Seoul, South Korea, May 20.


Education and Creative Practice in different Cultural Regions  

James Johnson-Perkins has the great honor of being invited to be the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning, Seoul, South Korea, 19th-20th May 2020.

Paper, International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning, Bali, Indonesia, Dec 19

An account of: Teaching, Learning and Management at Nottingham University, Ningbo, China TERA (Teaching Education and Research Association), Bali, Indonesia, 18th-19th December 2019

This paper explores aspects of: Teaching, Learning and Management at one of the leading Sino-Foreign Universities, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, which relate to an Art and Design Tutor, and Academic Lead for History and Social Sciences within The Centre for English Language Education Department, from 2014-19. It focuses on: Design and planning of learning activities, teaching support of learners, assessment and feedback, the development of effective learning environments (and approaches to student support and guidance) and continuing professional development relating to research and scholarship. It will also look at two case studies pertaining to leadership and coaching

The Emily Harvey Foundation Residency, Aug 2020

James Johnson-Perkins was selected to be an Artist in Residence at The Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy, 2020. This will be his 4th Residency with the EHF.

EHF Link


James Johnson-Perkins was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy by demonstrating a sustained record of effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning, organisation, leadership and management at Nottingham University, Ningbo, China.

AdvanceHE LINK

NWCDTP Research Programme at the British School at Rome, Nov 2019

James Johnson-Perkins has been selected to take part on a Residential Research Programme at the British School at Rome in November 2019

Organsed by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) 

The BSR is situated in the Valle Giulia on the site of the 1911 British Pavilion. The Pavilion was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and then adapted by him to become the home of the British School at Rome.

The BSR is one of the most prestigious research academies in Rome. For over 100 years world-class researchers of the art, history and culture of the western Mediterranean and the best contemporary artists in the Commonwealth have been nurtured here. The BSR sees itself as the bridge between the intellectual and cultural heart of Rome and Italy, and creative and academic researchers from Britain and the Commonwealth.

Paper, The Arts in Society Confererence, Lisbon, Portugal, Jun 18

The Arts in Society Conference
Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal
19-21 June 2019

Art at the Oasis: Reflections on Art, Education and Culture in Muscat, Oman
This paper will explore aspects of Teaching and Art Culture in Oman, which relate to a Head of Fine Art Department’s experiences of living there in 2011-12. It will be explore research into the art establishment in Muscat, Oman and the educational set up, regarding "art" at The Scientific College of Design. It will look at the practical application of art education in this Middle-Eastern country and how students view the art world in this particular region. It will detail the outcomes of this research. Looking at the problems that had be overcame and it will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the educational thinking and educational processes here. It will also look at the implications of these 

James Johnson Perkins, Nottingham University, Ningbo, China 


Shortlisted, Alpine Fellowship Visual Arts Prize, May 2019


The Alpine Fellowship is an international group of distinguished writers, thinkers and artists.

The Art Museum of Nanjing Rolling Snowball, Nanjing, China, Dec 18-Jan 19

The Art Museum of Nanjing

滚动中的雪球·南京 Rolling Snowball · Nanjing

展览讯息 Exhibition Information

开幕时间:2018 年12 月15 日15:00
Opening: 2018.12.15, 15:00
展览时间:2018 年12 月15 日——2019 年1 月16 日
Dates: 2018.12.15 - 2019.1.16
Venue: Hall 3, 3rd floor of AMNUA
展览地址:南京市虎踞北路15 号
Location: No.15 North Huju Road, Nanjing
Art Director: Li Xiaoshan
Academic Advisor: Ineke Gudmundsson, Qin Jian

Curator: Chen Rui, Li Meilan

This exhibition is jointly organized and presented by The Art Museum of Nanjing
University of the Arts (AMNUA) and Chinese and European Art Center(CEAC).

2 Public Lectures & Masterclasses at The Art College of Xiamen University, China, Jul 18

2 Public Lectures and Masterclasses by James Johnson-Perkins

Gigatages and Other Works
10/7/18 19.30-21.00

Intermades, Da Da and Fluxus
12/7/18 19.30-21.00

Master Classes 9th-13th July 2018

Art College of Xiamen University
Tel. +86-592-2182404
No. 422, Siming South Road, Xiamen, Fujian, China. 361005

HULA INTERMADE, The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, May 18


In the New Teaching Building Atrium, you are invited to contribute towards the building of HULA. This is an INTERMADE interactive artwork created by James Johnson-Perkins.

An INTERMADE is an artwork that uses existing games and objects, which are brought to life through artscores. These involve an interaction or activity guided by the score itself and are usually made or acted out by someone other than the artist himself.

With Johnson-Perkins’ INTERMADES participants are given a set of instructions, to which they have to follow. In this work HULA, makers are asks to fill a room (The New Teaching Building Atrium) with up to 200 Hula Hoops. You will have to tie them together and arrange them creatively and try to fill as much space possible. This playful collaborative activity: allows us to create architectural structures, to consider and change a public space and explore spatial imagination, using these colourful and fun toys.

The China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Apr 18

Artist talk
Gigatages and Other Works

时间: 2018年4月27号 晚上6点
地点: 中国美术学院 南山校区 4号楼 309室
主办方: 中国美术学院 跨媒体艺术学院
策划人: 娜娜
翻译: Vincent Jiang

Time: 6pm, 27th April, 2018
Venue: CAA, Nanshan campus, Building 4-309
Organizer: Chinese Academy of Arts, Inter-media art department 
Curator: Zhanna Khromykh 
Translator: Vincent Jiang

Gigatages and other works…

James Johnson-Perkinshas recently been working on a series of ultra-large scale photographic GIGATAGE works, using Gigapan technology. Here he creates photographic landscapes of different modern and historical figures in renowned sites and civic squares. In this talk James will talk about his research into this new panoramic photographic technique, which uses a robot attached to a camera. He will also talk about his other works and his recent exhibition at the Lianzhu Culture and Art Centre, Hangzhou which was curated by Zhanna Khromykh.

James Johnson-Perkins, Biography

James Johnson-Perkins is a British artist whom currently lives and works in Ningbo,China and London, UK. His art practice draws from themes such as: memory,nostalgia and play. In his work he uses: childhood materials, nostalgicobjects, costume, new media, drawing and performance to camera. He has alsorecently been working on a series of ultra-large scale photographic GIGATAGE works, using Gigapan technology.

James Johnson-Perkins, 讲座介绍


James Johnson-Perkins最近用全景摄影技术创作了一系列的巨幅全景蒙太奇作品,他在许多的著名地点或广场上放置许多不同的现代或历史人物来进行创作,在这次讲座中,James将会讲解他对于这种新的全景摄影技术的研究,他还会谈谈他的一些其他作品以及他最近在良渚文化艺术中心的个人展览,本次展览由Zhanna Khromykh策划。

James Johnson-Perkins,

James Johnson-Perkins是一个英国艺术家,目前在中国宁波工作与生活,James的艺术创作的主题来自于诸如:回忆、怀旧以及玩耍,他的作品会使用孩童素材、怀旧的物件、表演服、新媒体、绘画以及摄影,他最近还使用了Giganpan技术创作了一系列的巨幅全景蒙太奇作品。

Indefinate Memories, Liangzhu Culture and Art Center, Hangzhou, China, Jul 17

James Johnson-Perkins Solo Exhibition
8th July - 22nd July 2017
Liangzhu Culture and Art Center, Hangzhou 

PV 开幕式 14.00 2017/07/08
Curated by 策展人: Zhanna Khromykh

Organised by Liangzhu Culture and Art Center
&  Watermelon Punch
主办: 良渚文化艺术中心

This solo exhibition of James Johnson-Perkins not only allows us get in touch with the artist's world of creation but gives an opportunity to every visitor become an accomplice in a giant game. Johnson-Perkins works with those objects which are known by almost everyone from the childhood: here we can see hula hoops, paper planes, a blackboard and characters from cartoons and comics. He makes us remember, nostalgize, compare and rethink our past.

For example, whilst drawing on the blackboard, which James uses as a material for one of his his new installations, it’s difficult to avoid your memories from the past and that joy you felt when drawing as a child. Or when we stare at the numerous figures on his huge Gigatage photomontage artworks, unconsciously we notice which ones are familiar to us and which are not, and what stories these have played in our own unique worlds.

This is as a litmus test which shows difference or similarities between ours and artist's cultural background. At the same time eternal questions may arise: where do these people come from? Where do we are come from? Where are we now and where we will go tomorrow? This exhibition is a interactive puzzle of sorts and a series of activities, where we can find out about: memory, ourselves and the times we live in.

Zhanna Khromykh

The City Gallery, Peterborough, UK, Jul - Sep 17

The Resurrection of Cosmic Man
1st July – 3rd September 2017

Peterborough City Gallery
Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

Playful and quirky, James Johnson Perkins’ interactive work captures the excitement of childhood. With retro games such as Etch-a-sketch and Twister, the exhibition invites the audience to play, breaking down the usual conforms of the gallery space. The exhibition also features James’ highly detailed gigapans; colossal in size these works adopt familiar images of characters taken from film and media, placed frantically on backgrounds of grand cityscapes.

Russian artist Dina Johnson-Perkins' Cosmicman photographs show a classic 80's Soviet spaceman toy shown in different places around the world, also exploring similar themes surrounding nostalgia and fun. In this exhibition a little cosmonauts friend is resurrected in various poignant locations in: Nepal, Cambodia, China, UK and Russia.

General Information: 01733 864663
Email: arts@vivacity-peterborough.com

Article, Moment Magazine, The Resurrection of Cosmicman, The City Gallery, Jun 2017

Art is often serious, sometimes lofty, but a new exhibition at Vivacity’s City Gallery by artists James and Dina Johnson Perkins sets out with a quite different aim – to be fun. Playful and quirky, James Johnson Perkins’ interactive work captures the excitement of childhood. With retro games such as Etch-a-sketch and Twister, the exhibition invites the audience to play, breaking down the usual conforms of the gallery space.

The exhibition also features James’ highly detailed gigatages. Colossal in size, these works take familiar images of characters from film and media and place them on backgrounds of grand cityscapes. Russian artist Dina Johnson-Perkins’ Cosmicman photographs explore similar themes of nostalgia and fun, showing a classic 80’s Soviet spaceman toy in different places around the world, including Nepal, Cambodia, China, UK and Russia. The Moment talked to both artists about their work and inspiration.

Why toys? And why retro toys?   
JJP: My work is all about nostalgia, so the toys and games I use in my artworks are the ones which I was drawn to when I was young. With previous exhibitions I have used Lego and Actionmen for example. In the forthcoming exhibition in Peterborough we are using Twister, Etch-a-sketches and Hula Hoops. These also relate to notions of play and fun.

How important is ‘play’?
 JJP: Charles Eames the famous designer said: ‘Take your pleasure seriously’. I like this sentiment very much, and agree that pleasure or play, is not only fun but is an important and serious aspect of life. I like people to engage with artwork in different ways, using their bodies as well as their eyes. This is why I create installations as well as photomontage works.

Who is Cosmicman? Can he save us from disaster?
DJP: As Dostoevsky once said ‘Beauty will save the world’. I think this ‘beauty’ is everywhere. It’s around us and inside us, despite the differences in religions, race, beliefs and lifestyle. No person on earth, can take this away from us. Cosmicman believes in the power of ‘beauty’ and kindness and is a genuine idealist from a different Soviet time where people aspired for unity and equality. He thinks that all we need to be happy is to share this ‘beauty’ of the world with each other. So I think yes, he can help save us from disaster!

How did the gigatages come about?
 JJP: I started taking pictures using a camera, which takes enormous panoramic photographs, on an artist residency in Venice and decided to overlay them digitally with childhood images. This became the work ‘The Great Battle’; I haven’t stopped working in the same way ever since, because I love this process. Each of these works takes about two years to complete.

What reactions would you most like to have from those visiting the exhibition?
JJP & DJP: To go WOW and enjoy exploring other worlds, ideas and play within our artworks.

Which artists do you most admire? Is it just artists who inspire you, or does inspiration come from many sources?
 JJP: I’m inspired by Dina.
DJP: I’m inspired by James.

The Resurrection of Cosmicman by James and Dina Johnson Perkins 1 July-13 August 2017 Vivacity City Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF ● For more information, call 01733 864663 or visit: www.vivacitypeterborough.com/vivacity-venues/citygallery

1st Ningbo International Photography Exhibition, Sep 16

1st Ningbo International Photography Week

Ningbo Art Center Of China Photographers Association
555 Lake Road, Dong Qian Lake, Ningbo, China, 

10 Sep - Oct 7, 2016
9.00am - 4-30pm


Bodyspace, Hangzhou Public Library, China, Apr 16

开幕式: 2016423号下午2 
423日至511 (从周二到周日 9:00 - 17:30)地点
杭州图书馆展览艺术中心, 负一层,解放东路58号市民中心J
策展人 Zhanna Khromykh
Exhibition and Art Space
Hangzhou Public Library
Underground floor No.58, East Jiefang Road, Hangzhou

April 23 to May 11, 2016 (Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 - 17:30) Opening: 14.00, April 23, 2016

Abel Pruñonosa, Alexandra Burova, Amy Magma, Anastasiya Guminskaya, Andelei安德雷, Azim Hassan阿斯姆, Cãlin Andrei, Cindy Bajema, Dushan 杜山, E. Kuasi 夸思, Gareth Bunting, Hwang Q-one 황규원, Isamu Marsden, James Johnson-Perkins, Juan Lin 林彦豪, José Ventura 卓山, Léa Pagès, Rodolphe Toucas, Summaiya Khan, 远鹏, Wieslaw Borkowski

Curator: Zhanna Kromykh

To be a body, is to be tied to a certain world...; our body is not primarily in space: it is of it

M. Merleau-Ponty

We all conceive these three dimensions around us through our own body. What is this vessel we inhabit? We are linked to it through the materiality of our flesh and bones, and through our existential perceptual understanding. But why are we here and what are our bodies for? This has perplexed and fascinated philosophers from the dawn of civilization and is rich source material for Eastern and Western thinkers.

We exist in different kinds of space and these areas are activated when something appears in them. If we draw a small black point on a piece of paper, at the same moment the comparison between “body of a point” and “space of a paper” reveals itself. But what happens if we add to a body the characteristics of space and begin to conceptualize and explore the space that our physiques occupy? Through art, the body becomes a space for experiments and action.

Artists are creating a new definition of what the body is, creating new identities and new forms of body representation. Artists in this exhibition explore these notions and express aspects of their rich cultural identities. Through their works they also trace multiple sensations they experience living in their own unique bodies and spaces.