Shopping Centre Ritual, 2009

Performance at Wiezmann Square, Holon, Israel
Assisted by Yossi Atia
 Commissioned and produced by Hapzura Arts Festival, Israeli Centre for Digital Art

Clients: Members of the public

Location: Wiezmann Square Shopping Centre, Holon, Israel

Questions: What is the meaning of life, why do we come into this world if we die in the end? more to come…


What is the meaning of life, why do we come into this world if we die in the end?

Marcus Coates: Very dark – can’t find my way – scared. Use hand to feel the side, rough wall, bumpy floor, keep walking, not getting anywhere. Blackness – feel I’m walking in circles, feel dry area, sit down. Eyes start to see lights – holes in the cave, shafts of light from roof of cave. Suddenly a shape went through the light. I could hear high screeches, I knew the shapes were swifts from the sound. I could hear lots of them, catching insects. Could only see them when they crossed the light. Playful and fast – could feel them skimming my head.

Perhaps life is not there to be seen and understood all at once, there are occasional small glimpses of understanding, none of them total. The swifts was only visible for a very small moment and this was not possible to predict.

To see your whole life and understand its meaning is perhaps impossible. To have a sense of your life, however fleeting, revealing itself in a moment of time when you don’t expect or can’t control – these moments might be the closest we get to knowing why we are alive.