Journey to the Lower World, 2004
As part of an artists’ residency called ‘Further Up in the Air’, Coates stayed in a 24-storey housing block in Liverpool, which was scheduled for demolition. After getting to know the residents, he invited them to participate in a ritual, where he would enter into a trance and communicate with animal spirits. Dressed in a stag pelt, he dances and makes animal and bird calls in front of the residents, before recounting how his encounter with these animals might relate to their question. A second synchronised film shows CCTV footage of Coates descending in the lift, interspersed with footage of all the animals witnessed on his journey.