Finfolk, 2003

Digital video, SD, 4:3
07:38 min.
Filmed in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, UK
Performed by Marcus Coates
Camera and sound by Marcus Coates
Photography by Mark Pinder
Produced by Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship Programme

Coates emerges from the North Sea assuming the persona of a Selkie or Finfolk – a legendary creature from Scottish, Icelandic and Norwegian folklore capable of shedding its seal skin to appear human on land. Imagining the linguistic capabilities of a seal, Coates climbs onto the pier and attempts, as seal, to speak and act like a human. He then retreats back into the sea.