Things that are Relative & Subjective

Posted on July 1, 2013 by

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Relative & SubjectiveOn the Facebook Poi Chat Forum, someone asked a question about what made a good spinner. For me, the answer seems pretty clear, despite the lack of specificity to it. I think the answer is, “relative and subjective.”

For example, if I have a student who has been struggling to get the weave for weeks and finally gets it, even if they have it and its wonky, that’s good for them and I feel really awesome supporting them by saying,”That’s really good.” This fits with the Flowology Mindset, particularly mindset number three about self to self comparison through time.

Meanwhile, I just did my choreography with my partner last night and we weren’t nailing some of our partner stuff and it seemed like crap even though its high-level stuff. We’ve done better before, so, in comparison, we weren’t good even if to a neophyte who has never done poi before that might have been jaw dropping inspiration.

‘Good spinner’ is a subjective and relative experience — one could mean any of the following:

  • masterful ability to manipulate planes
  • quantity of moves in repertoire
  • variety of moves in repertoire
  • ability to communicate the technical concepts linguistically
  • performance ability
  • ability to move an audience in some way
  • most stylistic presentation
  • athletic prowess expressed
  • sexy factor demonstrated
  • ability to connect with flow with ease
  • ability to connect with the audience with ease
  • …or series of many things that are all based on your own subjective emphasis and preference

And as the original author of the question indicated when posting the question to the group, this is also relative to ones own knowledge base/ignorance. The more you know, the more you realize distinctions that help you further clarify what you mean by your own subjective experience of ‘good spinner.’

My point is that not only is it subjective, your subjective experience is relative and as a result, the answer to the question is constantly evolving… as are you.

Speaking of relative and subjective, for those new to poi who haven’t figured out how to understand the direction of the poi while looking at poi videos, check out this little conversation between GlitterGirl and a student discussing the relative vs objective direction of the poi.

Written by Temple of Poi founder and visionary, GlitterGirl, who has been a full time flow arts coach and instructor since 2002. If you are looking to step up your skills as a student, performer or instructor using personalized coaching, with GlitterGirl (in person or via Skype/other technology remotely), email her directly (GlitterGirl <at> TempleOfPoi <daught> com).

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