May 11 2017

The Arrogance of Competence

By | 2017-05-11T14:09:34+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Fire Safety, Opinions, Professional|

For the Flow Arts Institute By Eric “Propfessor” Shibuya, PhD A discussion arose recently in the fire spinning community over some videos of people burning in non-fire safe clothing. The arguments have taken two main positions: (1) This is really dangerous and you shouldn't do it. It hurts the rest of the community if people [...]

October 30 2016

The Dark Side of Flow Arts

By | 2017-02-27T17:17:58+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Health, Opinions|

This article is adapted from Laura Riva’s article “The Dark Side of Dance Addiction” Thanks to April Choi for the adaptation. You can find the original Facebook note here. We love to call ourselves “Flow Artists” and performers that are one with our art. We’re even proud of it. We glorify flying to other continents to [...]

August 13 2015

Proclamation: I am a Flow Artist

By | 2017-02-27T17:18:30+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Opinions|

Well, it’s time to admit something that I once would have scoffed at: I am a flow artist. For many years, I’ve made my skepticism of our appropriation of the word “flow” very vocal for a variety of reasons, but I’ve come to the conclusion at this point that it’s the term that most accurately [...]

July 2 2015

Fire Safety Community Manifesto

By | 2017-02-27T17:18:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Fire Safety, Opinions|

As a fire spinning community, we each hold a responsibility to sustain and maintain that community. I ask each one of you to think about what you're doing when you're performing, and how it can impact others. Do not take this to mean that you should or should not be afraid of fire. You should [...]

June 25 2015

Video Culture: Demystifying the Camera Cult

By | 2017-02-27T17:18:36+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Opinions|

The cult of the camera places a disproportionate value  on those who self-promote to those who don't. It should come as no surprise that videos and flow arts have a symbiotic relationship. The contemporary flow arts culture can trace its roots directly to the ability to share videos on you tube and forums. Without this technological [...]