Skylark Song, 2016
Digital HD Video
Commissioned by Workplace Gallery London
Visitors to the Gallery were invited to ask Coates questions that preoccupy them and struggle to answer themselves. This film is his answer to the question, “How do I make the best decisions when unsure of how to navigate the unknowns?”. Coates adopts the song strategy of a skylark bird, attempting not to repeat phrases, hesitate and sustain this sound making for as long as possible. In order to do this he uses his full range of vocalisation to create a continuous, self generating series of expressions. The evolving sounds are determined from/by themselves rather than by rational thinking or a conscious scheme.