Hook Suspension and the Complexity of Pain


Eric, a body artist from Arcadia, CA, performs a body suspension during an after-show party during the Tattoo and Body Art Expo 2003 in Pomona, CA early 19 July 2003.  HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images
Eric, a body artist from Arcadia, CA, performs a body suspension during an after-show party during the Tattoo and Body Art Expo 2003 in Pomona, CA early 19 July 2003. HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images

Hook suspension challenges our perceptions of pain. We see practitioners, pierced through the flesh with hooks, suspended by chains and yet smiling as if lost to a state of bliss. What are they feeling? Where does this practice come from and how does it fit into the larger human experience? Join Robert and Christian as they explore this most-outsider masochistic performance art.

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Topics in this Podcast: psychology, pain