Oslo SusCon 2012

It’s Oslo SusCon time again and it’s already Sunday, the last day: we probably do not have to tell you much about the Oslo Body-Suspension Convention held by Wings of Desire, it has been featured on BME so often! It is a great event as always, but there is something new this year. For all those unfortunate suspension lovers who are not able to go to Oslo there is a constant live video feed from the venue: ustream.tv/channel/oslo-suscon

some pictures from fridays suspensions

some pictures from Friday's suspensions

For more pictures you can go to the WoD Gallery, it is frequently updated!

4 hookers, 1 hook

Here’s another photo of the shenanigans that transpired at the recent Oslo Suscon. With help from Wings of Desire, Stanislav from the Moscow based Sinner Team hangs from a single hook while his wife Elena and two other women all hang onto him.  You can see Håvve in the background keeping a close eye on the hook.  Having seen that look on his face, while holding that flashlight, I can tell you that if anything were to have happened he would have been on top of it in an instant.  Thankfully everything went well and we’ve got the photos to prove it.

One Hundred

Anyone who has been to a Suscon event around the world knows Rolf.  He’s always on hand taking fantastic photos, and at some point will get up and suspend as well.  Rolf is also really diligent when it comes to tracking his suspensions, as you can see by taking a look at his IAM page.  Well for the 10th annual Oslo Suscon Rolf celebrated his 100th suspension by suspending from 100 hooks for 100 minutes.  Following the suspension he was awarded a gold plated hook.  Everyone here at BME wants to congratulate Rolf for this amazing accomplishment, and we’re looking forward to seeing the next 100 suspensions.

I’ve also included a video of the entire suspension from start to finish, you can check that out after the break.

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Oslo Suscon – Day 2

Saturday

After a day that won’t soon be forgotten, it was good to come back to Oslo Suscon this morning. People are of course shook up about the bombings and shootings that tragically took place yesterday; but the communal spirit among everyone here is truly wonderful, and aides in coping through it.

Last night we had the premiere showing of the Free Fall Suspension documentary, and people seemed to share my intrigue and enthusiasm for this new concept. Today Marte did her talk on Pain as Medication, and it was a very moving hour, with very brave personal statements. She spoke about her journey from what she saw as self-harm to a more positive use of pain, and about the impact of the Fakir Academy.

Later in the evening, we got a very interesting performance from Louis Fleischauer Olive, and Matt. It was a sort of sound installation, using hooks and suspensions, springs, and some truly terrifying masks and costumes. The viewing audience were also encouraged to partake in the performance, beating sticks to the ground and different objects.

Another mention goes to the Precarious Egg film team (Matt, Zane, Leif, and Shaun), who are working on a documentary called Feet off the Ground. They are here all weekend filming, and have said they’ll try and make a video clip available from their suscon footage before the weekend ends. More on this later.

Meanwhile, please go to Wings of Desire’s galleries for pictures from the suscon, as I am still photographically challenged!

Oslo Suscon – Day 1

Friday

This tenth incarnation of the now world renowned Oslo Suscon welcomes practitioners and participants from fifteen countries around the world.

It is the intention of creators Christiane and Havve to see a hundred suspensions take place over the weekend; an ambitious but attainable goal. While I don’t want to go into too much detail about this, I would like to mention that no-one involved in the suscon has been hurt in any way from the explosions that are currently in the news worldwide.

Much like last year or the year before that, there are many familiar faces present, and the atmosphere is vibrating with anticipation and happiness.

Allen Falkner is with us again, and will give a lecture on rigging this year. From Russia we have, among others, Stanislav, Elena, and Max from The Sinner Team – known for their controversial free fall suspensions; which can roughly be described as a combination of suspension and bungee jumping. They will show the premiere of their documentary Free Fall Suspension – The Birth. After watching the trailer, I can see why a lot of people are excited to learn more about these crazy Russians!

Wings of Desire’s own Marte is also giving us a talk entitled „Pain as Medication“, and finally Matt is organizing another movie showing of CoRE’s Journey to Enlightenment – their 10 year anniversary movie.

As part of the introduction to this suscon, Havve & Christiane gave a talk on it’s now decade-long history. From it’s inception in 2002 as a suspension festival held alongside freaky fashion shows and several bands, it has since been held on a boat, before taking roots in it’s current venue; Månefisken. I couldn’t help but reminisce back to my own first attendance back in 2003, when everyone was crew, or at the very least crew in training. Since then there has been a steady and reassuring progression. Gradual evolution of every aspect. The equipment and techniques used this year are more refined than ever, and as well as being filled with fantastic people, I always find it interesting to see what innovations various groups have come up with from year to year.

For example, this year has seen the interlocking rigs that steel fetish produce – real clever stuff!

Guest speakers also help create an environment that’s very helpful for learning, and have been a welcome tradition since 2004. Attendance by people from the most prestigious and respected suspension groups is typical, and perhaps because of this, I can say with no hesitation that there are no inflated egos here. In its place, the convention seems to organically turn to laid back discussions and a willingness and desire to learn.

On questions of what were the most rewarding and interesting aspects of the event from an organizer’s viewpoint we were given a straightforward answer; the opportunity to see friends, and share new knowledge. This attitude is, I’m sure, why most people I speak to aren’t shy in saying this is their favourite suspension convention.

A live feed from the suscon can be found here!

I don’t have any pictures to post yet, but will do my utmost to link to some later on this evening.

On behalf of Oslo Suscon, thanks for reading.

- Alex

Review of Oslo SusCon 2010

After 3 days of suspension and monday’s BBQ night party with (hopefully some nice branding action like last year) this years Oslo SusCon is over. Alexander Trowell (body piercer and student nurse from Southport, U.K.) wrote a great review I want to share with you here:

The ninth incarnation of Oslo Suscon has been up to its usual awesome standard, if not better. In practical terms there has been some tweaks and alterations to codes of practice, and the highly professional level of it all is impressive. It’s incredibly nice to see how it affects newcomers from other suspension teams, and I think it’s safe to say that the Wings of Desire crew are one of the most respected, competent and professional teams in the world at what they do.

Oslo SusCon Day 3

Oslo SusCon Day 3

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Oslo SusCon 2nd Day

Busy day at Oslo Suscon, on the second day (saturday) 36 suspensions with a total of 124 hooks were performed. Also Allen Falkner held a class about Rigging and in the evening there was a great show from Lucky Hell. At that point I want to hand (this blog) over to:

Emrys Yetz:
Yesterday was the second day of the Wings of Desire Suscon, I can barely put into words how impressive it is to come here and see the way this event runs. Not only are their protocols and procedures almost flawless all the different teams from throughout the world work so well together without hint of ego. BME sponsored my trip here as the guest speaker so my level of gratitude to them is immense as this has been such an experience. Yesterday I was able to suspend a set of Norwegian brothers, one was a Wings of Desire regular the other being his first time. First was a crucifix that brought his wife to tears of joy, next was a knee suspension for his first time. Both were complete Vikings in stature showing no signs of pain or discomfort, though very humble and appreciative. Everyone keeps thanking me for the roles I’m playing but I am thanking them for affording me this opportunity.

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Oslo SusCon 2010 Saturday - click picture to see WoD gallery

Some more closeups of this Suspension (2pt. Chest by Christiano) you will find on Hook Life

Lucky Hell is “Femme Fatale”

Saturday night was “show night” at the end of Oslo SusCon’s “public hours” (where they let the general public in to see ppl suspending) and we all saw a GREAT show by Lucky Hell (an australian who now lives in Helsinki, Finland with her husband Jussi – Snakeoil Sideshow) … see for yourself:

Lucky Hell at Oslo SusCon 2010

Lucky Hell at Oslo SusCon 2010

Oslo SusCon 1st Day

As many of you might know this weekend the 9th yearly SusCon is held in Oslo by Wings of Desire. People from all over the world are here to suspend and have a good time. I don’t want to consume too much space here with my bad english so here is just a little rundown – after the Welcome Speech by Håvve Fjell, a Crew Meeting and a presentation by Emrys Yetz at 7pm the first suspension started. A total of 9 suspensions using 52 hooks have been made.

Oslo SusCon 2010 - Friday - by Wings of Desire

Oslo SusCon 2010 - Friday - by Wings of Desire

If you want to see more pictures you may want to visit the WingsOfDesire.org Gallery