The Listening Booth presents...

Chris Alton

Under the Shade I Flourish
4m44s ; 2015

The non-uk domiciled billionaire Michael Ashcroft is a controversial figure, notable for “opaque tax

practices” and “operating in the dark". Whilst serving as a member of the House of Lords, he remained a

non-dom despite promises that he would become domiciled in the UK for tax purposes.

In the mid-1960s Ashcroft briefy managed “an unknown rhythm and blues band” called Trident. Under the

Shade I Flourish (2015-2016) imagines that he continued to do so. However, this is not a direct speculation

upon another possible timeline. Incorporating feedback from the life Ashcroft did lead, the project engages

in a cartographic process that involves the cross-pollination of both fact and fction.

Working through simultaneous satire and celebration, Under the Shade I Flourish invokes seemingly

incongruous juxtapositions, as a means of visualising the power structures in which we are all embedded –

narrativising something that is too complex to be immediately comprehendible. The extrapolated band

becomes a vehicle to explore the the very real exploitation of post-colonial countries as tax havens.

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