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!

Learning to Fly

There’s less than one week left to pre-order a copy of the Wings of Desire 10-year anniversary book “Learning to Fly”.  The pre-orders are important, as WoD is self-publishing.  This means that in order for the book to go to print they need 500 pre-orders.  Well with 5 days to go, they’re really close to that deadline.  They need less than 10o pre-orders in order to make this happen.  For those that don’t know, Wings of Desire are one of the world’s finest suspension teams.  Over the past 10 years they’ve accomplished incredible things, all of which are detailed in this book.

The book has been a long term project; planned since the very beginning of the Norwegian chapter in suspension history. Helene, our photographer, has been present since Håvve first came out as a Fakir in 1991 and has followed his work for more than two decades. As our official photographer, most of the body suspensions facilitated by Wings of Desire (WoD) can be found in her archives.

Helene’s photographs show more than the beauty of suspended bodies, they also capture the emotion of the moment. There are also a multitude of stories belonging to the people depicted. To give a slight impression of their various feelings and experiences, we have included selected quotes from people who have been suspended by Wings of Desire.

The foreword is written by Håvve’s first mentor, Allen Falkner. The history and philosophy behind WoD practice is put into words by the Norwegian suspension pioneer and creator of WoD, Håvve.

Instead of choosing a publisher, we have decided to publish this book ourselves. We know that we have the experience and ability to make this book a striking visual and emotional testimony—as well as an historical artifact of a decade’s worth of continuous improvement of equipment and technique. What we need is your help to make it happen!

To pre-order, simply visit http://www.ulule.com/wod/ and follow the instructions.  It’s a kickstarter-like website for authors who want to self-publish, and all proceeds from the book are going directly into the production costs.  So help make this book come to life.  Order yours today.

Up, Up, and Away

Photos from the most recent Dallas SusCon are starting to trickle in, which means we’re going to be seeing some incredible suspensions here really soon.  To kick things off we’ve got the lovely Starr doing a 6pt superman that was facilitated by Wings of Desire.  Photo by Naked Lens.

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Learning to Fly

For those of you unfamiliar with Wings of Desire, they’re one of the world’s finest suspension teams and hosts to The Oslo SusCon.  Håvve and the rest of the gang are always at the forefront of modern suspension and now they’re about to do something that hasn’t been accomplished in many years, and that is publish a book on suspension.  Now in order for the book to be published, a minimum number of pre-orders need to be made.  The book, featuring the photography of Helene Fjell, is a chronicle of the past 10 years that Wings of Desire has been together.  Here’s a bit more about the book.

The book has been a long term project; planned since the very beginning of the Norwegian chapter in suspension history. Helene, our photographer, has been present since Håvve first came out as a Fakir in 1991 and has followed his work for more than two decades. As our official photographer, most of the body suspensions facilitated by Wings of Desire (WoD) can be found in her archives.

Helene’s photographs show more than the beauty of suspended bodies, they also capture the emotion of the moment. There are also a multitude of stories belonging to the people depicted. To give a slight impression of their various feelings and experiences, we have included selected quotes from people who have been suspended by Wings of Desire.

The foreword is written by Håvve’s first mentor, Allen Falkner. The history and philosophy behind WoD practice is put into words by the Norwegian suspension pioneer and creator of WoD, Håvve.

Instead of choosing a publisher, we have decided to publish this book ourselves. We know that we have the experience and ability to make this book a striking visual and emotional testimony—as well as an historical artifact of a decade’s worth of continuous improvement of equipment and technique. What we need is your help to make it happen!

Wings of Desire have partnered with a Kickstarter-like site for independent authors.  What this means is that all the funds that go directly into the creation of the book, with nothing being tacked on by a publisher.  The down side to this is that in order to be published, they need to sell 500 pre-orders by May 7th.  So if you’re interested in getting a copy of what is sure to be an incredible book, head on over to this site to order your copy.

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.

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.

oslo-suscon-2010-saturday

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

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