About

I am Leila Johnston. People often ask what on Earth I do for a living so I’ve decided to put something about it here. I’m a curator, journalist and entertainer. I work with art and technology, and the fantastical ideas that emerge from them. For more about my work and interests, see this longer bio.

My main job is my business: a quarterly live show and magazine called Hack Circus which allows me to explore ideas around speculative science, subversive tech, psychology etc with others in a fun and unique way.

HackCircusFirstContactAs an artist/curator/maker, I have been a resident at Site Gallery in Sheffield (The Happenstance Project, 2012) and in 2014, Lighthouse in Brighton (I wrote about it). I also write books and humour, and magazine articles for people like WIRED UK.

I give occasional talks on everything from boredom on the Starship Enterprise to creativity in the James Cameron Terminator films. I’ve spoken at two TEDx events, Ada Lovelace Day Live, The Royal Institution, The Royal Academy of Arts, and loads of other places.

Home is Sheffield, but I travel a lot and I’m always looking for people to connect with for my various projects. So, if any of that sounds interesting, please get in touch: leila@finalbullet.com.