Coates’ practice has questioned the ways we relate to other species. His work often documents his dark and humorous attempts to connect with, or become, an animal. His film/performance process aims to re-present definitions of humanness through the investigation of cross species consciousness. Coates completed a post graduate at the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1993 and a fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, USA in 1995. Has exhibited nationally and internationally and was included in the British Art Show 6. Text via Picture This.
We can only guess at what a frog or cat sees, what a dolphin or bat hears. The same world is sensed and resonates differently for different species. Whilst exploring these alien sensory worlds Marcus Coates asks questions about being human.
This is an extract from an essay, Being Bird, by Tracey Warr about Dawn Chorus – you can read the full thing on the Picture This website.