On the occasion of the release of Luc Ferry's latest book " The invention of bohemian life "It seemed interesting to us to ask ourselves who are the bohemians of today in our economic-innovative world.
From 1830 to 1900, Bohemian life was created as a new imaginary, a new existential ideal. Bohemia was an artist; she was rebellious; she was facetious; she wanted to build a new world and, without knowing it, was going to forge a great future. It was in Paris, between the 1830s and the 1900s, that a new existential ideal was invented, a utopia driven by the conviction that "real life is elsewhere". Bohemia was synonymous with creativity, inventiveness, spirit of revolt, youth, effervescence, ...
Bohemia was broke, but she was creative, innovative, disruptive, as we would say today. Her uninhibited inventiveness was to give birth to modern art, to the 1968 ideology, to the indignant and perhaps today also to the creators of technological dreams.
Because deep down startupers who tinker in the corner of a garage thinking of revolutionizing the world, who invent penniless but in an often incandescent creative fever, aren't these contemporary bohemians the direct heirs of the bohemians painted by Ferry? Far from the Black Cat cabaret where in the 19th century we met Bruant, Lautrec, Satie or Debussy, or the Tabarin ball or the Agile Rabbit, the bohemians of the 21st century are in business or school "incubators", created by competitiveness clusters or economic development agencies.
Isn't the ideology of these bohemians ultimately the dominant ideology of current innovation?
What do you think?
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