Esther Johnson’s ‘Chalk Trace’ screenings

Still from 'Chalk Trace' b y Esther Johnson, courtesy of Esther Johnson, of a school desk and a photograph of windows of a building near to a chalk line

Chalk Trace is a short film by Sheffield Hallam University’s Esther Johnson (Reader in Media Arts and Principal Lecturer in Film & Media Production). It is a short Random Act film for Film London and Channel 4.

As a child in the 1950s, Ron Cockroft drew a chalk line from his school in Oldham to his home in Chadderton. Chalk Trace commemorates and reanimates his graffiti journey through a now much-changed network of streets. The film was photographed in the original streets of Oldham as they stand today – over 60 years after Ron’s original graffiti.

Chalk Trace has been selected for screening at the following:

17 January – 12 February
Urban Visionaries – Art on the Underground
Canary Wharf Screen at Canary Wharf

January onwards
PhotoMediations Machine Online Exhibition

6–16 February
Urban Research – The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge
Naherholung Sternchen, U-Bhf: Schillingstraße
Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr