Hook Suspension

Helena

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  • Summary

    I would like to give people the experience of hanging from hooks pierced through their skin.

    Full description of yer concept

    Following last year's success, I will help people get up in to the air once again.

    So how does it work?
    To put it in a nutshell, the skin is pierced by needles, which are then followed by hooks. Then the hooks are attached to a rigplate and the person is pulled up into the air using a pulley system. The suspensions will hopefully take place same at the same location as last year up on the hill by the ski lift. Here one can enjoy the flight in a peaceful environment, away from The Hub and with a breathtaking view and beautiful sunsets.

    What's the motivation for hanging from hooks?
    We usually say that there are as many reasons for hanging, as there are people who hang. Each suspension is deeply personal and unique and can bring about the full spectrum of emotions.

    What is your approach?
    I have a very relaxed and down to earth approach to suspension. I try to fulfill every suspendee's needs and expectations, with love and respect. Nothing is ever rushed, and all reactions are welcomed and recognized. The experience of the suspendee is the center focus and I will gladly incorporate any wishes the suspendee might have.

    Doesn't it hurt?
    Yes, it does hurt. But pain is highly subjective, and very much influenced by our own mindset and expectations. It's usually manageable with breathing exercises and making sure to have a calm and relaxed atmosphere. That being said, pain is an important component of the experience, so even if I did offer local anaesthetics, it would take away from the experience.

    Is it dangerous?
    Suspension is inherently dangerous, because you are breaking the skin barrier and you are hanging people high above ground. When I do suspensions I follow a protocol, that's been developed over the years and is a combination of the accumulated experience of suspension practitioners around the world and knowledge acquired from other industries such as the medical field, piercing, climbing, aerial rigging, etc. Safety is a top priority of mine and I do everything I can to minimize the risks. But generally suspension is considered safe and accidents and issues are sparse and rarely serious.

    Can anyone suspend? How do I prepare?
    As long as you are healthy, sober and not hung over, you can suspend. There is no age limit, nor is there a weight limit. The best way to prepare, is to take as much care of your body as possible, so as to maximise the experience. It's also good to prepare any special elements you would like included in the experience, such as a music playlist.

    What if I can't get off the ground?
    Suspension is about the experience and not about reaching a goal. For me it's very similar to the philosophy of yoga, which is not about being the most flexible, but about trying to achieve a certain state of mind. A suspension which doesn't result in getting off the ground can be very fulfilling, if it gave the person what they needed. In contrast a person who gets off the ground, but who perhaps does it for the wrong reasons and ends up not feeling good about it, I would consider less successful.

    Depending on funding I can suspend 1-6 people over 2-3 days.

    About the crew / artist

    Suspension is my great love in life. I have been involved in the suspension community for about 7 years and have during this time been increasing my knowledge and skills, by practise and going to international suspension conferences around the world to work and learn from facilitators and suspendees alike. At the moment, I mostly work with the Oslo based team known as Wings of Desire - a well established and respected team amongst suspension enthusiasts. I'm also part of a small team called RiTE Body Rituals.
    Aside from this, I work as a nurse and assist in surgery and have done so for about a year.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    MOOP will be dealt with in accordance with Leave no Trace. It will be sorted in bags and brought to it's rightful destination. Bio hazardous waste, such as used needles, I will bring with me to a hospital after Borderland.

    Budget
    Description Min amount (DKK) Max amount (DKK)
    max budget: +5 suspensions 5000
    snacks 50
    rigline for approximately one suspension 50
    sterilization of two hooks 100
    Medical supplies: Gloves, gaze, disinfectant, skinmarkers, table cover, tray cover, sterile loob, trash bags, aprons, sleeves, masks, batteries 800
    How can other Borderlings co-create with you?

    I could use help with a lot of stuff. Carrying the supplies up the hill, setting up, making a cozy space for spectators, someone to hold the rope or act as "clean hands", morale support, someone to take care of snacks and water, rigging, etc. But I can definitely also do it alone.

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    Hey friend! Welcome to the virtual drawing board of The Borderland. This is the place where we prototype the projects we'll realise during the week in the quarry.

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    • wingsofdesire.org, https://www.facebook.com/ritebodyrituals/

    • Do you need electricity from the grid? How much in Watts? No need for electricity. In case the suspensions drag out until evening I can use a headlamp.

    • Will there be light? Light is not necessary but LED's and lamps can easily be implemented.

    • Will anything BURN? I will not have a huge amount of flammable material to deal with. As a precaution I will either have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher at hand.

    • What is your audio footprint? Music from a portable speaker at most if the suspendee would like some background music.

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