The name "Sisyphos" would apply so nicely describing what we have anonymously been doing behind the scenes around the world for a decade or so. Popping up clubs here and there is very much akin to rolling a heavy rock up the hill only to have it roll down when abandoned. Or, as in most our cases, to have it stuck there on top or half-way for a while seeing us away to attend to another boulder at the bottom. Up and down, again and again, no respite, no retirement... But Sisyphos
the name is already taken, bolted to the gates across the road from our current futility
pop-up comprised of a decayed canvas tent found partially intact in the recycling bin on ebay. More "underground" would be to actually dig a hole in the ground and call it a club.
Another proper mystical reference is the biblical story of Cain condemned to the life of a wanderer, never settling down in one place for very long.
The problem with these names: they both signify a curse
, a punishment for some kind of transgression. Transgression? Perhaps for Till Harter it obtains from his advanced degree in Economics; for me, it implies the Liberal Arts* and Social Sciences. What are these knowledges, ironically, if not a pile of discordant hubristic heresies constantly challenging the laws of human destiny, cracking the mysteries of individual and collective existence, reinterpreting truth and beauty, inverting all values and turning the cosmic order upside down... so that nothing is what it seems. Gods keep their world-pattern well guarded! – by punishing inquisitive smart-ass offenders.
Indeed, this is how it feels sometimes – as a divine curse. But also as a helluva blessing: Just as our rolling stones gather no moss, neither do we!
So what does the future hold for Jackie O in the long run? The picture is unclear beyond a few weeks ahead. Couple events in the Fall and we are switching into the hibernation mode for Winter. Good timing for some laid-back memoirs, casual reflections and calm prognoses. I will be posting all that here periodically in the form of extended comments to photos from our other ventures – past, concurrent and prospective – in Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Georgia...
Besides, we have something else and very different in mind for December and on quarterly; something we've never tried before – in scale, in content, in quality, in organization, in space and time – and which requires a special introduction, let alone actual planning and preparation. We may also need a lot of creative help doing things which will pay back in one form or another. In other words, stay tuned and you will hear of this first.
* Those studies
which since classical antiquity "make men free enabling them to realize in themselves that which is most truly human and best."
Photo: "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Popping up in Tulum, Mexico. Circa 2011