the Social Life of Benches
a film by Esther Johnson · 2015 · 3' extract of 18' film
Four minute edit of the Alone Together, focusing on the experience of the Nepali community in Woolwich: https://www.nowness.com/story/alone-together-the-social-life-of-park-benches-esther-johnson
Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches illuminates the thoughts and memories of frequent users of two public spaces in London: General Gordon Square, Woolwich and
St Helier Open Space, Sutton.
Revolving around the micro-space of the humble bench, the emotional and experiential capacity of film is used to highlight themes such as the feeling of being in a space, the rhythm and flow of visitors to a place, and the importance of design for everyday street furniture.
The film acts like a stranger who joins you on a bench to ‘watch the world go by’, and break the ice by starting a conversation with their fellow bench user.
Booklet to accompany packaged DVD of the film