School of Experimental Work: Meka Jean - Ivy League Ratchet | Tameka Norris

Lecture and Performance.

Tameka Jenean Norris aka Meka Jean (b. Guam) received her undergraduate degree in 2010, at the University of California, Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2012. She has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2009), the Fountainhead Residency (2012) and the Hermitage Artist Retreat (2012). Her group exhibitions include Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art recently at the Walker Art Center, Studio Museum of Harlem and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2014-2015). Norris debuted her feature length film/installation Meka Jean: How She Got Good at Prospect 3 in New Orleans (2014) then at Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, David Shelton Gallery, Houston and 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA (2015). Norris lives and works between New Orleans, LA , Los Angeles, CA, and Berlin, Germany.


The School of Experimental Work: Audio-Visual series is a series of workshops, lectures, meditations and/or performances. Artists are invited to conduct sessions which highlight interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and experimentation. All sessions are open to the public, with the intended audience being emerging artists who can not afford other means of arts education. This intensive “school” will focus on exploring ideas and artistic practices surrounding the use of various forms of technology in the arts and will feature workshops on, but not limited to the following: animation, sound art, and other forms of digital art making. 

The School of Experimental Work is organized by Charisse Pearlina Weston, co-organized and hosted by Alabama Song Founder Gabriel Martinez, and made possible through funds from the 2014 charge//practicum grant and the Santo Foundation.