We are many, and Emcee C.M. is one of us. The work we do combines large-scale public, social and collaborative event-based projects with a more internal process of self-reflection through fiction, storytelling, and filmmaking. Last year a couple of us built a sauna and coordinated a series of events around it. Elsewhere, a bunch of us got together and activated a public space with a set of homemade musical instruments, a miniature library, a small garden, a wall for writing, and a shed for displaying small personal objects. The year before that we got about 100 people together and built a wooden boat in three weeks, using it for several public actions relating to local waterways.
The work we do always concerns us, all of us, we people. We are alive, working and playing. We have our personal and our general struggles. We are trying to understand the anxieties that freeze us in place, and celebrate our power to overcome them. If our work is how we define ourselves, then our life is work, our work is life, and it is our life’s work. Work describes what all of us do with our time when we are actively engaged in living. It is the basic activity. This is the starting point: whatever else gets incorporated into a specific project, our work is always about work.