Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Emcee C.M., Master of None

Emcee C.M., Master of None is the pseudonym of Colin McMullan. He has a practice of active, cooperative, social, public art often utilizing vehicles, play, conversation, moving pictures, publications, and food, for which he has received institutional support from LMCC, IPG, CAG, ISCP, CUE, CBA, BHK, BBBP, Eyelevel BQE, ICA Yerevan, Smack Mellon, Skowhegan, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Flux Factory, the Aldrich, Artspace, i-park, el Taller Boricua, and Real Art Ways. Recent highlights include shows at Dorsky Gallery in New York, Real Art Ways in Hartford, and the Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, Armenia. Recent grants include the Macktez Stipend and Artspace CWOS commission. Residencies at Emmanuel College and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Yerevan have informed McMullan’s recent practice. He is currently based in Hartford, Connecticut, performing transnational “Experimental Research on the Nonexistence of Borders,” and operating the “Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing.”

Life’s Work

My work begins with collaborative social engagement projects, and reflects back on them through printed matter, films, and exhibitions. In an early project between 2005-2009, I rode a large tricycle around Manhattan, projecting 16mm Chaplin films on my back and inspiring spontaneous parades of viewers. In 2006-10, a collaborator and I organized 100 people to build a wooden boat, and utilized it for public actions, videos, and exhibitions about the misuse of local waterways and cities.

My current research involves wild foods, indigeneity, environmental justice, and decolonization. In 2017, I did a 26-mile Decolonization Walk performance counterclockwise around Boston’s Mission Church, mapping the influence of the church bells’ sound on the surrounding neighborhoods. I am in the midst of a long-term socially-engaged public art project about the collection and sharing of tree sap. The Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing operates at Keney Park Sustainability Project, a Black-led urban farm within a city park in Hartford, CT. The steam produced by evaporating maple syrup is repurposed in a functional steam room. This situation brings people together for conversation, healing, and reconnection with the land, by immersion in the indigenous essence of the local forest, the steam of maple sap boiled on a wood fire.

In 2018, I began a new body of work producing darkly humorous short films, on location in contested political border zones. I call this series Experimental Research on the Nonexistence of Borders. In the videos, I perform as a field research scientist character, who is obstinately trying to prove that political borders do not actually exist. The first work is shot in the border zone between Armenia and Turkey, at the foot of Mount Ararat / Ağrı Dağı, and involves a comparative analysis of soil, flora, and fauna from both sides of a border fence.

Currently in production are two additional projects, situated at the U.S./Canada border, and the U.S./Mexico border. The northern border project will investigate border grey zones, ambiguous spaces where the two nations have overlapping claims, which serve as examples of transnational coexistence. The work will include a segment involving scuba diving amongst the lobsters in the grey zone around Machias Seal Island. Another scene is planned for a public library straddling the border between Vermont and Quebec, which is used as a meeting point for families restricted by the Trump Muslim travel ban. By contrast, the tense militarized atmosphere and humanitarian crisis unfolding at the southern border will be explored through a relationally antagonistic project involving homing pigeons carrying messages across the border being used for target practice. These projects will result in video works for a multi-channel installation, along with related objects, texts, and live performances, interrogating the national relationship of the U.S. to its two primary neighboring states.

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I Have Worked With

  • March 2019

    Real Art Ways hosted my public art project Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing for a two week residency, public performances, a pancake breakfast, and a panel discussion.

  • October 2018

    Artspace commissioned the Tree Spa for Urban Forest Healing for a weekend-long debut run of the steam room at the Wellbeing-themed City Wide Open Studios. 

  • May 2018

    The ICA in Yerevan, Armenia hosted me and a collaborator, Mari Firkatian, for a residency to develop a new body of work in film/video and socially-engaged performance. The residency resulted in two video works, an exhibition, and a public dinner and discussion regarding displacement from land and traditional food practices.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Colin
Job Title/Position: 
Artist
Physical Address: 
1610 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Last Name: 
McMullan
Phone: 
3476998930

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Architecture
Design - Landscape Architecture
Design - Urban / Metropolitan
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - History
Humanities - Linguistics
Humanities - Philosophy
Literature - Publishing
Media - Film
Media - Video
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
2005
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Exhibitions
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
MFA, Sculpture, University of Connecticut, 2005
BA, Studio Art, Brandeis University, 2002
Awards: 
Wellbeing Commission, CWOS, Artspace, New Haven, CT, 2018
Institute for Contemporary Art Residency, Yerevan, Armenia, 2018
Emmanuel College Artist Residency, 2017
Resident Artist at Center for Book Arts (NY), 2011
Thanatopolis Prize from i-park (CT), 2010
Studio Residency and Grant, Smack Mellon (NY), 2008-2009
Studio Residency, CUE Art Foundation (NY), 2007
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Participant, 2007
Swing Space Award, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2006

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Electrical hookup
Water source
Outdoor area
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
5

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Design
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000