Blake Johnston is a New Zealand sound artist, technologist, academic, and composer who recently completed his doctorate at Te Kōkī, The New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. His practice sits at the boundaries of experience design and emerging forms of technology, synthesising these two fields to explore a new artistic approach developed in his doctoral thesis. This new approach, coined the metaperceptual approach to sound art, seeks to create extraordinary experiences and environments that invite the audience to explore their own perception. The audience’s unique subjectivity is the core focus of the approach, with the audience’s presence and perspective co-creating the artworks with the curated environment. The metaperceptual approach is able to create introspective experiences; interactive in a way that gives the audience control over their navigation of the artwork, gallery environment, and their own senses.
His works have been exhibited locally and internationally, including a solo exhibition in 2018 at Toi Pōneke, Wellington, New Zealand, and his work Your Hearing Them featuring at the 2017 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Manizales, Colombia. Internationally, his works have been performed and exhibited in Australia, Colombia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, United States of America, and Greece. He has given artist talks at the Australasian Computer Music Conference and the International Symposium on Electronic Art. Locally, he has performed and/or exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery, The Dowse Museum, Bowen House Gallery, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, and Wellington City Gallery.