A Hollywood Film in which Climate Change is Averted, Textiles, 220x195cm, 2018; Installed at Jerwood Space for Survey, Oct - Dec 2018 (photo by Anna Arca)

“Chris Alton’s banner A Hollywood Film in which Climate Change is Averted challenges Hollywood’s propensity towards dystopian science fiction, and suggests – as Monbiot and Solnit write – that we need to imagine a better tomorrow before we can start to improve our prospects.” George Vasey, Burlington Contemporary, Nov 2018

How does a cinema-scape dominated by apocalyptic depictions of climate change curtail our ability to imagine its aversion? Popular media frames climate change as inevitable; what if it didn't? Would we be more optimistic? Would we feel we had more agency? Would we act?

A Hollywood Film in which Climate Change is Averted calls on our collective responsibility to address major social and political issues that will impact future generations. The title of this work is adapted from an essay in T.J. Demos' 'Decolonising Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology’ and seeks to address how cultural parameters curtail our ability to reimagine our world.  The aforementioned phrase is superimposed onto a building; a cinema that claims to be screening this yet to be made film. The building itself utilises aspects of modernist and science fiction aesthetics, as a way of gesturing towards possible alternative futures.

This cultural framing of climate change allows for new imagined possibilities, considers how cultural products and systems shape what is possible, and asks how collective responsibility could address larger-scale issues driven by a Capitalist, growth-orientated economy.

Research image, 2018

Originally produced for Survey, Jerwood Space, London, Oct - Dec 2018

With thanks to:
Eleanor Meade

Funded by:
Jerwood Charitable Foundation