I get plenty of dumb ideas and this is probably one of those dumber ideas. Because I have no shame, I’ll float it out to y’all anyway and let the chirping of grasshoppers be the final vote on such matters, causing me to rethink my wayward life and hold off on proposing such absurdities for at least a few weeks.
I’ll admit my concept is in the embryonic phase — why bother developing it further if there is zero interest in it, after all? But here it goes…
I was thinking about a quote since I first saw it these past few weeks from one of the people associated with the Velvet Underground (I forget who; the who is not all that important). But they were saying something to the effect of how the Underground grew out of the artistic multi-discipline collaborative scene in the Warhol collective. The person commented that, in this day of the internet and pandemic, that they didn’t know if there was any real opportunities for that kind of collaboration in the current age. People tend to eschew the café scene for such things anymore and he really didn’t know how one would emulate it with the present conditions.
I think there was a bit too much hand-wringing in his statements, because I think it just takes imagination to overcome the minor hurdles he mentioned.
While I don’t have any “vision” about recreating that kind of scene, I do go back to some of the “collective” nature of what I was doing back in high school and when I was mixing it up with artists of various disciplines in a Seattle performance night at a café in the 90s. We had the performances/readings on a monthly basis, but a number of the participants knew they could find yours truly (their fearless leader) at the espresso bar almost any day after five, and quite a few hours/days outside that range. We’d sit, drink coffee, and plot world domination. And, occasionally, critique and cull through our pieces planned for the performance night.
Like I said, it’s probably a stupid idea, but I’d be interested in seeing if anyone here might be up for a virtual café using something like Google Meet with the idea of group discussion, sharing or just bullshitting.
Lemme know how horrid that sounds. Crickets are my cue to drop the idea and let other bad ideas ferment in its place.