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This was filmed to show the passion and art of glowstringing and sticking, to show peace, love, unity and respect. Glowstringing is my passion and it's been an amazing experience learning this art. This was also filmed to showcase my good friend Blake Johnson's music, and whether he knows it or not his amazing filming skills. We are both blessed with an amazing talent, and we are proud to present this work of art. Glowstringing by Anna "Schlosser90".
posted by lazaruslong (23 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have to say, she's better than a lot of rave kids I've seen in person or on video who are just spinning the lights around. She seems to have some technique and sort of paints interesting little spiral pictures with her sticks.

Also, interesting that the camera doesn't capture the sweep of glowing color as a solid circle, but instead chops it up into elements. I know it's an example of CCD artifacting, but it's interesting to see it like this. I'd love to see the same scenes filmed with actual movie film and a digital camera and run them at the same time in synch to see the differences.
posted by hippybear at 6:31 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow. Given the description I half expected it to be this incredibly amateurish thing. Well, it's not.
posted by bz at 6:31 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was hoping the whole string would glow.! Oh well. The glowstringer has talent, although it's not that interesting. The music was awful.
posted by PueExMachina at 6:34 PM on April 25, 2012


If you can't say anything nice
posted by signal at 6:39 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


You guys I love you guys so much omg can I touch your hair? Oh man check that out!
posted by cmoj at 6:39 PM on April 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


She looks positively bored out her mind.

The polar opposite of this woman, who instead of doing it for love, unity, and respect, is doing it for fun and rock and roll.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 6:44 PM on April 25, 2012 [9 favorites]


So these poi, they glow?
posted by hades at 6:44 PM on April 25, 2012


Fire poi for the cowardly.
posted by Sternmeyer at 6:44 PM on April 25, 2012


Hopefully there are still some tickets for the Glow Stringing championships in London!
posted by R. Mutt at 6:49 PM on April 25, 2012


Whoa. Suddenly I feel so loving, unified, and respectful.


No, just gas.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:49 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


The polar opposite of this woman

You know what would be awesome? If she had a HULA HOOP FILLED WITH GLOWSTICK STUFF!
posted by hippybear at 6:52 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I miss After Dark's "Rose".
posted by the painkiller at 6:59 PM on April 25, 2012


Snark aside, it's a nice display of skill, once you turn the music down/off. I'm not sure it's "The Most Epicly Filmed Glowsticking Video [I] Will Ever See", and I dunno about that whole "blessed with an amazing talent" thing, but I am in favor of more female jugglers in the world, even if they don't call themselves jugglers. So, hooray for her.
posted by hades at 7:08 PM on April 25, 2012


Wow, I really love the way every single bit of flashy technique is framed so that you can't really get a sense of what's actually happening. How about actually letting us see some of these sweet airwraps she's doing?

Oh and if y'all want to learn some of these kinds of techniques there's a ton of videos collected at Home of Poi. You can go through one-use glowsticks like this lady is, or you can spend a bit more for LED spinners like these totally sweet Flowlights or these cool multi-colored Ninja Poi. (I've got a pair of the Nebula Flowlights; I thought about getting the Ninja but heard they're kinda fragile.)

Now I kinda want to go out and spin a little tonight but this is Seattle and it is rainy.
posted by egypturnash at 7:19 PM on April 25, 2012


She may be in a video on the other side of a computer screen but she will still find some way to hit me in the head with those things at least twice over the course of the evening.
posted by Blue Meanie at 7:24 PM on April 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is just dead standard glowsticking you can see in any club in the country....
posted by empath at 8:48 PM on April 25, 2012


I seem to remember a similar routine done with glow in the dark yo-yo's... the hype was a bit much but still a talent you can respect. Sort of like Devil Sticks at the RenFair.
posted by pdxpogo at 9:03 PM on April 25, 2012


I find it really interesting that she's suppressed any trace of the traditional "candy raver" attire, demeanor, gestures, etc. that are historically tightly bound with this kind of dancing. Instead, she's in a very reserved and somber black outfit. A lot about the presentation of this video screams, "This is serious, you guys!"

Guess it does give the MeFi snark brigade one less thing to be dismissive about...
posted by LMGM at 12:52 AM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


A lot about the presentation of this video screams, "This is serious, you guys!"

The gum chewing seems to say, "Just sumpin' I do..."
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:08 AM on April 26, 2012


Guess it does give the MeFi snark brigade one less thing to be dismissive about...

I'm just snarking because people that do this shit at clubs annoy the shit out of me, especially people with the huge strings that swing them around in the middle of a packed dance floor. She's really not doing anything special at all.

I'm actually kind of a fan of liquid dancing with glow sticks, but I couldn't find any good videos of it on youtube.

There's a little bit of it in this video, but it's not the best example of it (and it's so 1999 it hurts)
posted by empath at 7:36 AM on April 26, 2012


She should go try out at Cirq du Soleil. They know how to cultivate the pretty into the magical.
posted by Goofyy at 8:49 AM on April 26, 2012


empath: it's something neat on the internet that I found, and thought others would like. I don't go to clubs, so whether or not it's "standard club fare" is irrelevant to me, and I'm sure many others that are not you. It'd be really great if you could choose to just not participate, rather than threadshitting with "blah not special at all" noise. Thanks.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:28 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I liked it! The music sounded sort of Turbo-Folk until the singing so I liked the music up to that point. I thought the effects were cool.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 5:48 PM on April 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


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