Experience: "I got stuck hanging naked from a tree"

Hilde Krohn Huse is a filmmaker and a performance artist. In this essay for the Guardian, she recounts her recent experience of ending up getting stuck in a tree hanging upside down from a rope tied around her ankle. In the [arguably NSFW] video above, you can watch her struggle to untie herself. Thankfully, she's OK.

The resulting film starts with me approaching the tree, placing my left foot into one of the loops, then swinging my right foot right up through another loop hanging a couple of feet beneath the branch. Then I lean back until I'm hanging upside-down, my head and shoulders resting on the grass. I hold this pose for about half a minute. Those seconds of stillness were all I needed for my film, yet as the camera captured them I felt the rope tighten around my ankle and knew I'd made a terrible mistake.