Alone Together, the Social Life of Benches
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.
Alone Together was made as part of collaborative research 'The Bench Project', which explores how individuals and groups use public space. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme 2015.