M14423 was established in 1993 by Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel who have developed a unique and eclectic methodology to help individuals believe in and develop their creative process through using creative writing, art, memoir, storytelling, drama, journaling and map making exercises intended to become the tools for a lifetime. People from all different disciplines, interests and levels of experience, come together to explore their imaginations. The M14423 is dedicated to teaching people about their creativity and how to use it in all aspects of life, work, and creative expression.
In a non-competitive, nurturing atmosphere, the M14423 course helps participants develop creative skills, expanded sense perception, concept innovation and problem solving, increased inspiration and brainstorming, and new ways of looking at life as exciting and transformative. Our creativity workshops in New York City and our Summer creativity workshops in Europe are a perfect retreat for teachers, business people, writers, scientists, artists and anyone curious about the creative process.
The Creativity Workshop in New York is an excursion into the imagination and how to keep it alive. Each day the workshop concentrates on exploring various tools to help nurture creativity and stimulate curiosity and exploration. The Creativity Workshops in New York are 4 days long, Friday through Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Day 1: Workshop inauguration. Introduction to the hows and whys of the M14423 followed by exercises in relaxation and guided visualization/free form writing.
Day 2: Workshop continues with exercises in show and tell and an assignment to create an Illuminated Manuscript/a Book of Days. Introduction of automatic drawing as a way to find new elements in one's creative work, whether one's concentration be in art or writing. Various famous artists and their techniques are discussed. Then participants explore automatic drawing. We will ask participants to take close ups of nature for a later project.
Day 3: Writing and drawing exercises continue. Participants do an exercise in writing and story telling that involves interviewing each other.
Day 4: Workshop extends to photography today, using the photographed images we have made of the city to understand perspective, light, and shadow and how we can apply this understanding to our creativity. We make and tell stories out of boxes created of natural objects and photographed natural images. Summary of the tools we have explored in the Workshop and how to keep using them in your creative practice.
Note: Order and kinds of exercises may vary. Throughout the workshop instructors will discuss how to stay inspired, how to get over the fear of failure, and how to develop a daily practice of creative work.
The Creativity Workshop is based in New York City and is taught around the world. It was established in 1993 by writer Shelley Berc and multimedia artist Alejandro Fogel to provide an alternative to traditional forms of education and thinking. The organization is dedicated to teaching individuals and groups about their creative processes.
- Shelley Berc is a novelist and playwright. Her awards include two year Pew/TCG National Theater Artists Residency grant for 100,000 USD, two Lila Wallace/Readers Digest awards, a TCG Artists Residency travel grant, McKnight Fellowship, National Jewish Culture Play writing award, Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship, NEA Opera/Music librettist fellowship, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for best off-Broadway play. Her plays and dance texts have been performed in such venues as the American Repertory Theatre, Yale Rep, CSC, Portland Stage, Walker Arts Center, Tanglewood, Festival d'Avignon and the Edinburgh Festival.
Her plays include a Girls Guide to the Divine Comedy, Dual Heads, Burn Out, Shooting Shiva, and to Dance the Memory of Angels. Rameau's Nephew, based on Diderot's work, was jointly written with director Andrei Belgrader and performed in 1990 at CSC Rep which also premiered their version of Scapin starring Stanley Tucci. It was nominated for best play of the year in 1990 by the Outer Critics Circle Award. The American Repertory Theater produced her adaptations of Lulu,The Imaginary Invalid, and Servant of Two Masters and commissioned her to write a radical new musical, Ubu Rock based on Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi.
Berc’s novel, the Shape of Wilderness, was published by Coffee House Press in 1995. The New York Times called it "a vividly imagined parable, a strange and potent book, a fantastical world of unusual sensuality and invention". She has a new novella Dante/a Girl's Own Guide to the Divine Comedy which is serialized in Exquisite Corpse, a journal edited by Andrei Codrescu.
Berc also has her own regular column at the Corpse, Postcards from Shelley, which is an ongoing account of her travels all over the world. Her plays and essays have been published by Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins Press, TCG Press, Yale Theater Magazine. Her fiction and poetry have also been published in BOMB, LitKit, among other publications and presses. Berc was Professor of the International Writing Program and the Iowa Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa from 1985-2000.
Alejandro Fogel is a multimedia artist working in painting, writing, installations, video, travel-performance, and digital art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums in Argentina, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and Germany. Since he had his first experience of the Andes, Mr. Fogel became deeply involved with the history and art of Pre-Columbian cultures and subsequently the roots of individuals in culture and the legacy of heritage. Since 1995 he has been creating art works that follow the footsteps of his father's journey from a Hassidic youth in Transylvania through the years of the Holocaust in labor camps and in hiding and his subsequent emigration to Argentina where Fogel was born.
- Alejandro Fogel has received many awards and honors. He was a Fellow and a 2 year artist-in-residence of the Institute of Current World Affairs. He was an artist in residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. He was selected by The Rolex Award for Enterprise in Geneva, Switzerland, which included the publication of his project The Inkas Road. His awards are numerous; they include, the Arche Biennal Award in Painting, the National Endowment for the Arts of Argentina First Prize in Painting, The Pio Collivadino Award at the Argentine National Gallery of Art, and the Richard Wagner International Association Award in Painting.
Alejandro Fogel worked with the Argentine Commission of Visual Arts helping to develop a native folk artists archive. He also established and taught a series of visual arts workshops for indigenous cultures living in remote areas of the Andes and Patagonia. Alejandro Fogel's works are in museums and public and private collections in Argentina, United States, France, Brazil, Uruguay, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
- Self-guided cultural tours
- City sightseeing
- Wresting on your own.
The workshop will take place at: Meta Center, is located at 214 West 29th St, Manhattan.
- To reserve your place: we require a non-refundable 50 USD deposit
- Full payment is required 2 months before the workshop to guarantee your place.
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The M14423 is based in New York City and is taught around the world. It was established in 1993 by writer Shelley Berc and multimedia artist Alejandro Fogel to provide an alternative to traditional forms of education and thinking. The organization is dedicated to teaching individuals and groups about their creative...
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