A collection of SpinPoi’s artistic/multimedia poi projects.

Concept Poi


Enter the whimsical world of artist Jesse James and SpinPoi Founder Kate Riegle van West in this collaborative photography project that playfully pushes the boundaries of poi.

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Kūtere begins with a heartbeat. A single poi calling out in the space between ground and sky. Between forest and city. Between where we’ve come from and where we’re going. It is here that the poi practiced within Māoridom and the poi practiced outside of Māoridom meet.

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The Orbitar

Digital music instrument

The Orbitar is a multimedia musical instrument rooted in poi which creates live audio and visual effects. For more information or to view a TEDx talk about the Orbitar, click the link below.

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The Geometry of Poi

Video installation

Originally a 4 channel video installation created during Kate’s M.F.A., the Geometry of Poi highlights some of the beautiful shapes created while spinning poi. It has been shown around the U.S., including at the international Digital Graffiti Festival, and currently resides comfortably on YouTube.

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