The course spans over 6 weeks - Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm. This year they begin on June 11th, 2018 and end the program on July 21st, 2018. The focus area at META '18 lies in a transformative process of creation through experimentation amongst groups, guided and mentored by artists from various different fields.
With movement at its core, yet not necessary, META '18 constantly strives to bring fields of research that include philosophy, cinema, dream work, gender studies, music and sound, installations, art appreciation and theory in anatomy as well as art. The program is driven by a strong emphasis on the art of art-making not as a way to "create to confuse" but to create to express and declare thoughts that can be assimilated, discussed, revealed and revered.
META '18 aims at creating pieces of art that are discomforting, challenging, in the realm of body and sound, sound and projection, written script, script and illustration, photography series, film, site-specific work, a monologue, installation (body or otherwise) and how it all comes together as one unified artistic approach to creation. The program is facilitated by 5 facilitators. Immersed in a 6-week experience in creation and performance after an informed theory and practice of various artistic disciplines.
META '18 is more than just an educational program. The format combines an emphasis on "out of the box thinking", creative learning, non-linear narrative understanding, creative writing through a special focus on storyboard and scripting, the flexibility of thought by pushing abstract thinking.
The program is not just focused on providing the students with these unique and varied artistic tools, but to see to it that the students understand and truly embody group work and hence a large area of focus is around teamwork, group solidarity, human relationships and real meaning of an artistic life that can be achieved even without competition through genuine collaborations. Transparent communication, self-discipline, shared ideas, collaborations, the joy of community-driven language, creation for a dialogue are a few things that they encourage at META '18.
The program is curated by Meeraqi Arts Organization in collaboration with some very inspiring facilitators, with focus on multidisciplinary approaches to art making and creation.