Chris Alton (b. 1991, Croydon) is a multidisciplinary artist, whose practice often brings together distant, yet connected cultural phenomena. Whether deploying disco music against fascism or playing table tennis in competition with aggressive architecture, he utilises seemingly incongruous juxtapositions to address the multi-layered nature of prevailing social and political conditions.
Working across a range of media, such as; pseudo-documentary film, live events/actions, online interventions and open source games, Alton's practice shifts and adapts, reacting to context-specific stimuli. His projects are humorous and playful, frequently seeking to; undermine, expose and excoriate the power structures that shape our world.
Under the Shade I Flourish
During the mid-1960s, “an unknown rhythm 'n' blues band”* called Trident were briefly managed by the non-UK domiciled billionaire, Michael Ashcroft; a controversial figure notable for “opaque tax practices” and “operating in the dark". 'Under the Shade I Flourish' imagines that Ashcroft continued to manage them. This pseudo-documentary film tells the story of Trident, through; scripted interviews, fabricated archive footage and seemingly authoritative narration. Fact blurs with fiction and Trident become a vehicle to discuss the connections between Britain's colonial history and offshore finance.
*Dirty Politics, Dirty Times, Michael Ashcroft, 2005
National Biennale: Derby 2016