Marcus Coates | Radio Shaman Stavanger Cathedral Norway (2006)
Medium: HDV video still, Giclée print on archival matte art paper.
Dimensions: 29 x 45.2 cm [11.42 x 17.8 inches].
Edition of 150 works, signed and numbered.
About the work
Radio Shamen...is a self portrait taken from Marcus Coates' film documentation of his performance as a shaman, attempting to help the people of Stavanger, Norway to deal with recent anxieties around immigration. Coates evokes the legacy of the German performance artist Joseph Beuys, as he holds a stuffed hare and dons the skin of a reindeer to perform shamanistic rituals in the town's centers of religion, politics and media.
About the artist
Based in London, Coates' work wryly explores the human condition through experimentation with 'becoming' and 'being' an animal. His performances reference ornithology, zoology and anthropology and also the role of the shaman, which he sometimes adopts to gain insight into difficult problems on behalf of the public.
Coates has had work featured in exhibitions at the Venice Biennale; The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Arnolfini, Bristol; Lisson Gallery, London and the Pompidou Centre, Paris. He has also shown at the ICA and Hayward Galleries, London; MOMA, New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California. He has works held in collections at Tate Liverpool; MOMA, New York and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy.
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