Chris Alton 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.
In 2012 he founded the English Disco Lovers (EDL), a satirical protest group that looked to reclaim the 'EDL' acronym, commonly associated with the English Defence League. Other recent projects include Under the Shade I Flourish (2015-16), which speculated upon an alternative future. Alton imagined that Michael Ashcroft - a notorious business man and political figure - had continued to manage a rhythm 'n' blues band, instead of going into business.
Recent exhibitions include; the man who moved too far, too fast, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 2016 (solo); Of the Sea, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, 2016 (group); Under the Shade I Flourish, xero, kline & coma, London, 2016 (solo); Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, 2015 (dual, with Marta Popivoda); and each other, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, 2015 (group). He has been awarded the; Light Eye Mind Graduate Award 2016, A.P.T Graduate Studio Award 2016; Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank 2015; Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015; and Collyer Bristow Graduate Award 2014. He was selected for the Catlin Guide 2015.