Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Marcus Coates 'Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle' - Preview: Friday 17th January 6pm - 8pm at Workplace Gallery Gateshead

Image: Marcus Coates  Vision Quest with Ernie, 2009, C-Type print, 115 x 163 cms. Photo: Nick David,  Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.


Marcus Coates


Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle

Featuring Chrome Hoof

Commissioned and Produced by Nomad


Preview: 6 - 8pm Friday 17th January 2014


Workplace Gallery

The Old Post Office

19 - 21 West Street




Exhibition continues: 18th January - 22nd February 2014

Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm or by appointment


Workplace Gallery are delighted to present Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle a film by Marcus Coates.


Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle explores the major transitions that have been taking place in the South London neighbourhood. In response to the Council's formal vision and master plan for redevelopment, Coates involves residents from the soon to be demolished Heygate Estate, council planners and developers to evoke an alternative collective vision that considers the complexities and value of what is soon to be dismantled. Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle is one of the outcomes of a residency undertaken by commissioner and producer Nomad and Marcus Coates over 3 years. At the centre of the film is the improvised live rock-shamanic-ritual collaboration between Coates and Chrome Hoof staged within the legendary Coronet Theatre, one of the oldest buildings in the area.


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Marcus Coates was born in 1968 in London, UK. In 2008 he was the recipient of a Paul Hamyln Award and in 2009 he won the Diawa Art Prize. Solo exhibitions include: Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, Serpentine Gallery, London; Implicit Sound, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery; Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland; and Marcus Coates, Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans, USA. Group exhibitions include: THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney Biennale, Australia; ALTERMODERN, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London; MANIFESTA 7, Trento, Italy; Micro-narratives: tentation des petites réalités, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France; Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London; Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden and Venice Biennale. Coates is currently shortlisted for The Fourth Plinth commission in London.


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