Veteran British performance artist Shaun Caton has presented over 300 performances worldwide since the early 1980’s, working in many museums, galleries, festivals of live art and unconventional spaces.
His durational performances are often characterized by a powerful use of colour, grotesque shadow play, painting/ drawing and strange bodily movements that creates an unsettling, intensely visual tableaux. Taking inspiration from prehistoric art, shamanism, medieval Books of Miracles, English folklore, and old horror films, Caton is unique in the world of performance art. His expressionistic grand guignol style performances have been variously described as ‘genuinely terrifying’ (The Scotsman) and earned him the reputation of presenting ‘a cyber-shamanic rave’ (Flux Magazine).
CULT HOUSE is a new performance specially created for the Court Room at Toynbee Studios. Caton is a collector of ancient objects washed up on the Thames foreshore and uses them as triggers for this performance. The performance is like entering a 17th century wunderkammer or cabinet of curiosities in which Caton is both the creator/curator of a collapsing dystopian world. Using shadow play and drawing he weaves together the curious connections between fragments of lost objects, imbuing them with highly original, mysterious significance.
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE GROTTO, a 10 minute documentary film by Julius G Beltrame and Robert Pugh, chronicles the life and work of Shaun Caton from 1989 to the present day.