Journey to the Lower World

Marcus Coates, 2004

FADB 2010. 43

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Marcus Coates (British: English, born:1968, died:unknown)
  • Date
  • Materials
    2-channel video installation
  • Measurements
  • Physical description
    A film that can be shown either as a projection on two screens or on two monitors. The film runs for approximately 28 minutes. The left-hand screen is not on all the time.
  • Related people
    Marcus Coates (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    Daybook number: FADB 2010.45
  • 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
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Marcus Coates

    Owned from: 2004
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 2010
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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