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Title: Journey to the Lower World
Date: 2004
Artist(s): Marcus Coates (British: English, born:1968, died:unknown)
Materials: 2-channel video installation
Information: Photography by Nick David. Courtesy of Kate MacGarry and Workplace Gallery.

This film artwork was made in Liverpool by the London-born artist Marcus Coates. It was filmed on the Sheil Park estate in Linosa Close, a tower block awaiting demolition. Coates worked with the residents as part of a residency programme for artists called Further Up In The Air. The residents asked Coates to answer a question for them: “Do we have a protector for this site? What is it?” The artist used his training as a Shaman to contact animal spirits in the ‘Lower World’ in the hope of finding an answer. The film records the shamanic ritual he performs and the residents’ responses. In the film the artist wears a stag's antlers and skin.

Coates’ work looks at the relationship between the natural world and society. Birds feature frequently in his artworks. Recently, as here, he has acted as a ‘problem solver’ in consultations with a variety of clients.
Accession no: FADB 2010. 43
Credit line: Purchased for the Walker Art Gallery in 2010 with the help of the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisitions Scheme
Location: Item not currently on display