British artist Marcus Coates (b. 1968) is a video, installation and performance artist. His works explore how we perceive human nature. An extensive knowledge and understanding of British wildlife has led him to create interpretations of the natural world and its evolving relationship with society. An aspect of Coates’ recent works sees him as a ‘useful social agent’ or problem solver. Using his skills and position in society as an artist and his knowledge of British wildlife he seeks resolutions to social issues for clients. Through self designed rituals informed by traditional cultures he consults a non conscious world of animals and birds to seek relevant information. Recent exhibitions include the Whitechapel, London, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Altermodern at Tate Modern. He is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.