Ask the Apes


What can we learn from non-human apes?

Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald bring together a panel of primate specialists to apply their knowledge of our closest animal relatives to human concerns.

Ask the panellists a question about human society. It can be a personal everyday concern, or a broader social, political.

Speakers include: artist Marcus Coates; curator and artist Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice; Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the University of London Volker Sommer.

The panellists will answer audience questions through their specialist knowledge of apes – their social habits and behaviours – to bring new perspectives to our human concerns.

You are welcome to submit your question to or bring it with you on the day.

This event is part of Ask the Wild, a project by British artists Marcus Coates and Feral Practice which attempts to explores the relevance of natural history knowledge within our own lives. It also connects to Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer's artwork Degreecoordinates, Shared Traits of the Hominini (Humans, Bonobos and Chimpanzees) on show in Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Animals & Us.


Turner Contemporary

Entry Price

£10 / £6 concession

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