Friday, September 17, 2010

Marcus Coates: "Journey to the Lower World" Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, UK

Journey to the Lower World

Walker Art Gallery
National Museums Liverpool
William Brown Street
Liverpool L3 8EL

17 September - 28 November 2010

Journey to the Lower World, screening at the Walker Art Gallery, is a recent purchase made through the Contemporary Art Society's Acquisitions Scheme. Taking place within the gallery amongst the Walker Collection, this artists' talk/performance will mark the screening of the work and its' introduction in to the internationally reknowned collection.

This work originates from Further Up in the Air, a residency programme for artists in Liverpool's Sheil Park estate in 2003. In the film, residents from Linosa Close, a tower block awaiting demolition, watch with a mixture of anxiety, faith and good humour as Coates performs a shamanic ritual. Dressed in a deer skin and uttering eerie, animalistic grunts, he attempts to answer the emotive question put to him by his audience: "Do we have a protector for this site? What is it?"

Journey to the Lower World will be on display at the Walker Art Gallery during the Liverpool Biennial (17 Sept to 28 November 2010).


Marcus Coates
Journey to the Lower World (Rooftop Preparation), 2004
Archival Inkjet Print
115 x 163 cms
45.31 x 64.22 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery