Albany Spin Jam and the Importance of SpaceLeave a comment
September 17, 2014 by synapticwolf
Yesterday I finally made it to the legendary Albany Spin Jam.
I couldn’t have dreamed up a better space to hold a regular jam. Large amphitheater on the river. Enough central concrete to accommodate a half dozen spinners with a separate spot for breathers. Smack in the middle of town, but removed enough to avoid both noise complaints and all but the luckiest random passerby’s. Support/indifference of local law enforcement.
If you build it (or find it), they will come.
The result of this space is the rise of a casual, spontaneous, regular and massive spin jam. Which leads to a dedicated, expansive and welcoming flow community. Drummers show up and set the beat. Advanced spinners arrive and show off. Beginner spinners come and see what it feels like to set fire to their moves. Everyone ups their game, shares what they’ve got. Connections are formed. Collaborations begun. Synergy! Inspiration! Community!
Somebody recently said to me “the difference between magicians and flow artists is that magicians keep their tricks secret and flow artists share them as widely as possible.”
It’s open-source spinning, baby. All it needs is a space to unfold.
I will continue to expect amazing spinovations to come out of Albany and any other place that makes fire accessible and inviting.