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Chalk Trace — Blanche Pictures — work by artist and filmmaker Esther Johnson

Chalk Trace

Film Stills · Please click on image for further stills

2013 // 2’36” // HD + 16mm // UK

a film by
Esther Johnson

featuring the voice of
Andrew Oldham

cinematography, animation and editing by
Esther Johnson

Chu-Li Shewring


commissioned by
Film London for the Channel Four television strand Random Acts in association with Arts Council England

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.


Film Award Clerkenwell Screen Shorts, Clerkenwell Design Week London

Television Broadcast

Random Acts Channel 4, Transmission 28.10.13

Solo Gallery Exhibitions

Always and Never at Home ARGOS centre for art and media Brussels, Belgium 08–16.10.16
Work by Esther Johnson La Vidéothèque Nomade Brass Centre Cultural de Forest, Brussels, Belgium 12.03.15

Group Gallery Exhibitions

ARGOS centre for art and media Brussels, Belgium 18.05.18–14.07.18
GAZE Artists’ Television Access San Francisco 17.06.17
On Site Impromptus: Dance and Moving Images in Daily Space International Dance Video Exhibition McaM Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China 17.06.17–20.08.17
Island: Variations Bloc Projects, Sheffield 05.09.15
International Dance Video 2015 National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taichung, Taiwan 14.03.15–24.05.15
Outcasting Fourth Wall Cardiff 25.09.14–01.11.14
The Art of Walking, Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations Stroud Museum in the Park 06.09.14–05.10.14
Sidney Cooper Gallery Canterbury Christ Church University 20–22.02.14
Artist Film Screening, Lewis Glucksman Gallery University College Cork, Ireland 13.12.13

Film Festivals and Special Events

Soundstripes 2 Northern Quarter Huddersfield 16.10.18
Experimentia Genesis Cinema, London 07.05.18
The Tetley Open: Artists’ Film 30th Leeds International Film Festival, The Tetley, Leeds 11.11.16
The Short Circuit Experimental Documentary Film, Brighton 28.01.16
ZEBRA Poetry Film Club Literaturwerkstatt Berlin 17.11.15
Lyrik, 19th International Poetry Festival Münster Germany 08–10.05.15
28th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Festival for Expanded Media Stuttgart, Germany 15–18.01.15
12th London Short Film Festival ICA London 11.01.14
Quays Culture Film Programme Manchester 01.11.14
Zebra Poetry Film Festival Literaturwerkstatt, Berlin 16–19.10.14
Bodies in Land Abercynch, Pembrokeshire 24.05.14
Clerkenwell Screen Shorts Clerkenwell Design Week London 20–21.05.14
The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge Naherholung Sternchen Berlin 06–16.02.14
Urban Visionaries Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Screen London 17.01.14–12.02.14

Web Exhibition

PhotoMediations Machine 12.13–01.14