Marcus Coates—the man who’s learned to be an animal

British artist Marcus Coates thinks Nature can help address the concerns of the urban poor. So he's trained himself to be an animal, so as to bring Nature to them. He goes to slums, gathers groups of the local residents, and then does a shamanistic trance thing in which he "journeys to the lower world" to seek the wisdom of animal spirits. He does this while wearing a deer's head and skin, and uttering grunts and cries. Sometimes he'll wear a horse's head, or a badger hat. More about him here and here. Check out the video to see him in action.

     Posted By: Alex - Thu May 24, 2012
     Category: Animals | Art | Performance Art

I think he's needed just North of the Tamiami Trail to talk with the critters there. I'm sure a "closeness" will occur.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/24/12 at 09:40 AM
I'd bet that most of the time he is really a horse's ass.
Posted by KDP on 05/24/12 at 10:03 AM
If only SNL were this amusing.
Posted by Todd on 05/24/12 at 11:00 AM
Why the long face?
Posted by Benvenuto on 05/24/12 at 11:02 AM
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