Monday, May 10, 2010

Marcus Coates: "A Ritual for Elephant and Castle" 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia

Marcus Coates
A Ritual for Elephant and Castle (2010)

THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age
The 17th Biennale of Sydney.

43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia

12th May / 1st August 2010

Marcus Coates presents a new installation, A Ritual for Elephant and Castle (2010), at Artspace. The piece involves footage of a live musical performance with London-based music collective Chrome Hoof in 2009, alongside scenes of Coates, accompanied by a stuffed buzzard and a trombone, responding to redevelopment plans in the area of London's Elephant and Castle. We see him engaging with the local inhabitants in a shamanistic act of comic yet sincere public service.

Marcus Coates
Vision Quest with Chrome Hoof, Heygate Estate, London, 2009
digital c-type print
115 x 163 cms, 45.31 x 64.22 inches
Photography: Nick David,  Produced by Nomad
Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK