Coates has long been exploring metamorphosis through voice and sound. He produces fascinating films in which the human voice mimics complex birdsong.
Picture This worked with Marcus Coates and birdsong expert and wildlife sound recordist Geoff Sample over a three year period to support the production of Dawn Chorus, from the scientific research and field work, to sourcing and filming singers and presenting the beautiful, natural phenomenon of the dawn chorus as a contemporary art exhibition.
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.
Marcus Coates is represented by Kate MacGarry, London and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.
Originally published in InProfile: Marcus Coates, Max Andrews looks at Marcus Coates' attempts to become animal.
Curator and writer Tracy Warr explores Marcus Coates' facination with the interspecies boundary between the human and bird.