Dr Esther Johnson presenting her film ‘Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches’ at Well-being Conference 2016 in Birmingham this September

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Dr Esther Johnson will be presenting her film Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches at the Well-being Conference 2016 in Birmingham. The conference theme is ‘Co-creating Pathways to Well-being: exploring the multi-dimensions of well-being, focusing on the achievements of well-being through collaboration – to co-create experiences which are positive and meaningful to the individual’. Well-being Conference 2016 Birmingham City […]

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Dr Esther Johnson’s film ‘Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches’ screening in Switzerland

Banner for 'Alone Together' by Esther Johnson, from the film website

Dr Esther Johnson‘s AHRC-funded project, Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches, will screen at Urbanisation in the British Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland later in April. The symposium aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect of urbanisation, industrialisation and migration in the British Isles. This two-day symposium offers a forum for […]

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Tuesday 01 March 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Esther Johnson (Media Arts, SHU)

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Title: Alone Together – The Social Life of Benches Speakers: Esther Johnson (Media Arts, SHU) Esther Johnson will present work created as Co-Investigator of an AHRC Connected Communities innovation project, The Un-Sociable Bench, and other urban micro-territories of encounter and intimidation. This research project aimed to look at the in/exclusiveness of everyday urban realm design with a focus on benches […]

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Wednesday 17 February 2016 – Lunchtime seminar with Esther Johnson (Media Arts, SHU) and Debbie Ballin (Film & Media, SHU)

An image of a pair of hands holding a badge that reads: It's our future - kids against pit closures

Title: Echoes of Protest Speakers: Esther Johnson (Media Arts, SHU) and Debbie Ballin (Film & Media, SHU) Esther Johnson (Reader Media Arts) and Debbie Ballin (Senior Lecturer Film and Media) will present work from their on-going collaborative research project Echoes of Protest. This project aims to understand the role protest can play in the politicisation of children and the long-term […]

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Dr Esther Johnson’s film, ‘Alone Together, The Social Life of Benches’ to be shown as part of the Michael Young Centenary Conference

Banner for 'Alone Together' by Esther Johnson, from the film website

Dr Esther Johnson‘s film, 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 as an instrument to highlight themes such as […]

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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 […]

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