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Chris Alton

http://www.chrisalton.com

Park Lane, Croydon, United Kingdom
Throughout my practice, I combine geographically and temporally distant points of reference to produce images, objects, films and events. Whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ā€˜nā€™ blues album about tax avoidance, or proposing art schools be built over golf courses, my work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions.

A shared interest in the bounce


An open source game

A shared interest in the bounce


An open source game
An open source game, which subverts a piece of aggressive architecture, namely the Camden Bench.
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The project draws attention to modes of architecture that try to deflect social problems, rather than engaging in the necessary systemic changes that would ameliorate said problems. Through a subversive and playful act, the absurdities of aggressive architecture are swiftly brought to the fore. I aim to devise more open source games in relation to other manifestations of aggressive architecture. I hope that this series of games will proliferate widely, encouraging a critical engagement with the architectures that are present in cities, as well as calling into question who cities are designed for and who they are designed against.

The open source games also reframe the idea of 'game', in that they are non-competitive. Players are be required to work as teams in order to play, causing the games themselves to become microcosms for the social relationships that are imperative for cities that function in the interest of the needs of all, rather than the needs of a select few.


People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

The Camden Bench, an example of aggressive architecture

A shared interest in the bounce


An open source game

A shared interest in the bounce


An open source game
An open source game, which subverts a piece of aggressive architecture, namely the Camden Bench.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The project draws attention to modes of architecture that try to deflect social problems, rather than engaging in the necessary systemic changes that would ameliorate said problems. Through a subversive and playful act, the absurdities of aggressive architecture are swiftly brought to the fore. I aim to devise more open source games in relation to other manifestations of aggressive architecture. I hope that this series of games will proliferate widely, encouraging a critical engagement with the architectures that are present in cities, as well as calling into question who cities are designed for and who they are designed against.

The open source games also reframe the idea of 'game', in that they are non-competitive. Players are be required to work as teams in order to play, causing the games themselves to become microcosms for the social relationships that are imperative for cities that function in the interest of the needs of all, rather than the needs of a select few.


People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

People playing 'a shared interest in the bounce' in London

The Camden Bench, an example of aggressive architecture


Idea by

Chris Alton
Park Lane
Croydon
United Kingdom
Throughout my practice, I combine geographically and temporally distant points of reference to produce images, objects, films and events. Whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ā€˜nā€™ blues album about tax avoidance, or proposing art schools be built over golf courses, my work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions.