TheAmazingBaz stranger Location: Boston, USA Member Since: 2nd Jun 2008 Total posts: 6
Posted:I'm with Meg on this one. It seems that you are trying to create a sort of Modernist "objective quality" scale with which to judge spinners, but the wording is very unclear as to either why you feel this is necessary or how you plan on crafting such a critiquing methodology.
Unfortunately for the entire concept of "objective quality" is flawed - just look at competitive figure skating, where they are constantly changing the judging systems to keep up with (or in some cases create) the fashion trends within the art form.
Right now, precise planar definition (even within "plane shifting" techniques) is quite fashionable, as are stalls and pendulums that are either 0, 45, or 90 degrees to the ground. Technically difficult tosses are also popular, but not as much as they were around 2 years ago, and wibbles seem to have become significantly less trendy.
My point is that creating an empirical system of desirable spinning traits that will stand the test of time is a pipe dream at best. Desirable traits come and go, being continually reshaped by both the flux of new ideas, and the tension between the excitement of innovation and the aesthetic comfort of the familiar.
I feel that the only enduring criteria for mastery is in terms of a spinner's repertoire of technique - to have their spinning governed by their aesthetic preference and not by the limits of the control they are able to exercise over their toy (poi, staff, etc).
So if I were to summarize, it would be phrased as follows: To improve as a spinner, one must seek to expand one's collection of techniques, styles, and approaches, without limit, in order to escape the metaphorical "cage of ineptitude", and to be free to spin in a manner dictated by choice rather than by ability.
In the beginning the were no moves, only you and your memories.
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