Dallas SusCon 2013 – Stelarc performance LIVE

Tonight at 10:30 CST log on to http://bodysuspension.org/ to view a live suspension performance by Stelarc!

TOKYO – 11 MAY 1980. PHOTO: KENJI NOZAWA

Stelarc has been featured on ModBlog before, most notably in the 2004 video interview he did with Shannon.

Don’t miss out on a chance to watch this event!  As mentioned above it will begin streaming LIVE on bodysuspension.org starting at 10:30 CST (11:30 EST).

Flying over the water

Andrea Azzolini took these beautiful pictures at the 8th Italian Suscon of Marita suspending over the water from the tripod (previously). I should note that I edited the suspension gear out of the picture, but I assume that’s obvious. Andrea writes (translate into English),

Sono arrivato cosi Lontano dal Mondo, che sperare di trovare Qualcuno che mi Comprenda è diventato un Illusione.

e le mie Illusioni sono i miei Sogni.

Vedo Cosi Tanta Bellezza e cosi tanta Tristezza, vedo Persone che Non Sanno Nemmeno chi Sono in Realtà, Nessuno che tenta di Raggiungersi, ci si fa Bastare l’Apparenza e ci ferma alla Superficie delle cose.

Per chi è Diverso, Rimanere Solo è Inevitabile.
Un Destino da Spettatore,
sempre Sospeso,
tra i più Bui e Confortevoli Abissi e le Più Fredde e Lucenti Volte Celesti.

Click the pictures to see them uncropped.

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Do a barrel roll!

Alright, maybe not a barrel roll, but how about a backflip?

Emily‘s SusCon suspension was definitely one to remember.  While there weren’t a lot of photos taken (there was a lot going on at the time) her backflip suspension was one of the more technically challenging suspensions of the weekend.  This photo was taken right at the beginning of the suspension, with her hanging by her elbows and knees.  Rick from AGRO is supervising, as the backflip was about to start.

From this position her elbow hooks were cut free, dropping her into a knee suspension.    After hanging there for a few minutes, the rigging was quickly changed, and she was swung backwards so that the hooks in her back could be attached to the rigging plate.  Once she was hanging face down, her knees were cut, dropping her into a 2 point suicide, where she hung for the rest of her time in the air.

Since I last posted about the Dallas SusCon a number of other photos have been added to the gallery, so go on over and check them out.

The Secret Handshake

It’s been a couple weeks since the 2011 Dallas SusCon, and the photos are starting to trickle in.  Mark from Naked Lens Photography was on hand all weekend documenting every suspension.  But before any of the suspensions started a small business matter needed to be conducted.  Allen and the owner of the building needed to perform the secret handshake for the event to get under way.

What is the secret handshake you ask?

You might recognize the man with the massive transscrotal as Andrew from Swing Shift Side Show.  Later in the week he would go on to do the incredible facial suspension.

I know someone told me the exact size of his transscrotal on the weekend, but I can’t seem to recall it right now, so lets just leave it as, it’s freaking huge.

Dallas SusCon – Day 4

It’s 4am, and I’m sitting in a hotel room.  Videos are being uploaded to BME in the background, and I’m gathering my notes from today’s incredible events.  Before I start, I want to share with you something Mekare wrote about what suspensions mean to her.

Suspension is a thing; a living, breathing thing but a thing all the same. As a thing suspension will never lie to me, betray me or break my heart. It will never lose interest in me or deny me what I need.  Suspension returns every bit of the love and effort I give to it.  It reminds me of the strength that resides inside me. It encourages me to learn more about myself, to challenge my boundaries, to test my limits. It teaches me to grow and to trust in myself. It allows me to be myself, in my purest, most unapologetic form.  Suspension feeds my soul.

The reason I’m sharing this with you is that without Mekare, SusCon couldn’t have happened this year.  She was the grease that kept the gears turning, and with the number of suspensions that occurred today she deserves recognition for all the hard work she did.  So thank you, from myself, and all the other attendees.

So, enough with the thank yous, lets get on with today’s recap.  Upon arriving at the site today I noticed that the energy was even more charged than it had been the days prior.  With time running out, today was the day that anyone who was going to suspend needed to get their butts in gear and get some hooks in them.  With 10 separate points to suspend, there was always something happening.

The first thing that caught my eye today was the triple tandem suspension hanging from the crane.  Now, I have to mention that this was an extremely dangerous suspension, and wasn’t performed under ideal conditions so there are a number of safety elements missing.  In particular, backup harnesses, and blood barriers between the suspendees.  All the participants (including those on the ground underneath were aware of the risks, and worked with what materials were provided.

Participants in this suspension were Tricia on the top in a superman suspension, Raul in the middle with a coma, and Brandon on the bottom in a resurrection.  Tricia in particular was a trooper as she was up there for a long time as the men below her were added.

There’s much more to come, including a suspension that affected every single person in attendance.

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Dallas SusCon 2011 – Day 3

Well, after yesterday’s camera fiasco, Naked Lens stepped up to help out and provided the photos for today’s recap.  So a big thank you goes out to him.

Today was the big day.  Everyone who is attending this year makes an appearance on the Saturday.  Even before the official opening of the event, suspensions were taking place.  The first suspension of the day goes to Samar and her “Shrimp” suspension, put together by Christiana, Havve, and Alan from Wings of Desire.

I believe Havve is responsible for naming this modified inverse resurrection.

And with that the day had begun.  The first order of business was to welcome all 180+ attendees to Dallas.  The day started out on a somber tone as we took the time to remember Adam.  Mike from Hooked then approached the microphone to talk about the other member of the community that was unable to attend this year, Arwen (Spliff).  Mike read a letter from Jill, and turned the stage back to Allen who led the crowd in the Disgraceland chant which must have been heard all the way in NYC, as it shook the walls here in Dallas.

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Dallas Suscon 2011 – Day 1/2

I’m spending the weekend in Dallas for this year’s annual SusCon.  For those that don’t know, SusCon is an annual event hosted by Suspension.org‘s Allen Falkner.  The point of the weekend is for suspension crews from all over to come together to learn from each other, and of course have a good time.  This weekend is very much a learning weekend as crews bring not only their most experienced members, but also new members who are learning the ropes.

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Italia SusCon 2010

Two of three days are done and I could already write a book about what is going on at this year’s APTPI SusCon in Italy. Well, my english writing abilities are limited and I don’t want to bore anyone with endless text, so I do what is hardest for me: keep it short!

Great suspensions, great lectures and (considering it is october) great weather! Go check these APTPI SusCon Galleries for more pictures and just to give you an idea here is a “guess what”:

Guess what Suspension she is going to do ...

Guess what Suspension she is going to do ...

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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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