This short video was inspired by a coffee chat with my good friend, Fanny. A actor and writer, she just came back from an intense Television industry conference where she had to pitch her idea for a show. (Great, btw) Although stressful, she also added that it was enormously stimulating to be surround by such creativity.
During the conversation I kept pondering the idea that artists thrive when they’re in cliques or artistic ghettos.
I have always bowed at the alter of creativity and wished that I was a waiter at the Algonquin when Dorothy Parker and the gang had their regular lunch and wit-fest. Or perhaps a butler serving the Bloomsbury crowd while they extracted knives from each other’s backs.
There are many examples of artists living and feeding off of each other’s muse; the Beats, Andy Warhol’s Factory; I’d even add Motown and the Brill building as examples of musicians and artists creating something bigger than what they could have done individually.
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There certainly is a point to be made for groups. Each individual feeds of the others. If one has an idea, another might be able to use it creatively. All the great artistic movements had at their core a group, from the medieval artists' guilds to the Factory. Literary currents developed in much the same way. Scholars are grouped in universities, marketers and advertisers form ad agencies; all are incubators. Surely the blogosphere has a similar function.