Walthamstow Central Bus Station
Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Until 31 December 2019
The Soothing Presence of Strangers
By Rhiannon Armstrong
The Soothing Presence of Strangers is an audio meditation on loneliness, usefulness, and the place a bus route can have in our lives.
Rhiannon Armstrong has had a soft spot for local buses since she was a child crossing the city on her way home from school, and Robert – the driver of the number 66 – decided to befriend her.
This year she spent two weeks hanging out on local buses in Walthamstow (where she lived and worked for six years). The resulting work is an audio tour incorporating field recordings, music and narrative.
The piece is 40 minutes long and you are free to choose any bus route: we recommend starting at Walthamstow Bus Station. A guide will talk you through your options and you will be able to pause half way through to get off of the bus and return the way you came.
Stream for free at wfculture19.co.uk/the-soothing-presence-of-strangers
The Soothing Presence of Strangers was commissioned by London Borough of Culture 2019 as part of Waltham Forest Tours, a travel agency with a difference.