The View From My Window Tells Me I'm Home

JOHNSON, Esther (2012). The View From My Window Tells Me I'm Home. [Video]

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Creators:JOHNSON, Esther

Built in the late 1950s by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, the Golden Lane estate exemplifies an utopian ideal of social housing. A symbol of postwar recovery, the original idea for the complex was to build council housing for the residents who serviced and worked in the blitzed City of London. From the outset, the complex was considered to be a model of social cohesion with tenants including doctors, office cleaners, secretaries, caretakers and clergymen. A microcosm of urban amenities on the estate initially included a public swimming pool, bowling green (now tennis courts), nursery, pub, shops, police office and estate office – several of these remain. Today the estate is Grade II listed and has approximately 1,500 residents, with a split of council tenants and leaseholders.

'The View from my Window Tells me I'm Home' is an observation, investigation and social record of the lives and thoughts of ten current residents, including an architect, a filmmaker/writer, a photographer, a retired homemaker, a butler/chauffeur, a medical student and a nurse, documenting the life of the complex over half a century since its construction. The work asks questions about domestic and private space and of making a home in such an iconic and distinctive architectural environment.

The project is accompanied by a series of maps and audio works created by Golden Lane residents that document their favourite walks through the estate.

A Blanche Pictures Production Filmed whilst Artist-in-Residence for Super Estates Foundation 2010-2011 · EXHIBIT Gallery marking the 50th anniversary of the Golden Lane Estate.

EXHIBIT gallery is based on the estate in what was originally a shop at the base of Crescent House.

Solo Exhibition, EXHIBIT Gallery, 20 Goswell Road, London · in collaboration with Open House London – 21-28/09/13

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Item Type:Video
Additional Information:Made during a residency on the Golden Lane estate, organised by EXHIBIT gallery, EC1
Research Institute, Centre or Group:Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
ID Code:6631
Deposited By: Esther Johnson
Deposited On:21 Jan 2013 14:57
Last Modified:03 Feb 2014 13:47

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