Serpentine Gallery Launches a Major New Project by UK-Based Artist Marcus Coates

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LONDON.- The Serpentine Gallery, in collaboration with St. John’s Hospice, London, launched a major new project by UK-based artist Marcus Coates, on view from March 3 through May 2, 2011. The film is produced as part of the Serpentine’s ongoing Skills Exchange project and is the result of a long-term residency by Coates at the hospice. Coates began the project by asking hospice outpatients to suggest ways that vicarious action could enrich their experiences and offered to enact unfulfilled dreams on their behalf. Suggestions ranged from the creation of an exhibition of photography, to a parachute free-fall, to a trip to the Amazon. The last of these requests, made by the late Alex H., was realised by the artist in 2010. Coates was given precise instructions for the trip. He was asked to travel to an isolated village in the Amazon jungle and to