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Chalk Trace

chalk trace

Esther Johnson - Reader in Media Arts · Principal Lecturer, Film and Media Production

Commissioned by Film London and Arts Council England for the Channel Four strand Random Acts

A 1950s graffiti journey

A 1950s graffiti journey

Chalk Trace is an audio-visual work by Esther Johnson, made for the Channel Four strand Random Acts in association with Arts Council England and Film London.

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 re-animates his graffiti journey through a now much-changed network of streets.


Blanche Pictures

Commissioned by Film London and Arts Council England for the Channel Four strand Random Acts.

Launched in 2011 Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, aimed at supporting and providing a platform for risk-taking and innovative arts content from both established artists and emerging talent. With an emphasis on television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts programmes content including, but not restricted to, spoken word, dance, animation, video art and music.


Feature about Esther's work by Frances Morgan for Sound and Music

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