Hello and welcome to Andrology Showroom and Hemma hos dig med Carl Olof (In your home with Carl Olof)!
Andrology Showroom is an art project where you can loan three different choreographies by and with me, Carl Olof Berg, to be presented in your home in exchange of a cup of coffee. You make a reservation by calling the 24 h open telephone service above and leave your name and number.
I have rehearsed and prepared these three to choose from: a guided tour of men’s clubs, a popquiz on bad piano or a princess work out. The performances are 30 minutes long and you choose to be alone as audience or invite as many as you like. After the first home visit you also get a library card and have the right to two re-loans.
You who book a choreography might not be used to having persons performing in your home. I am happy and honoured that you open up your home to me. I will need your name, address, telephone number and a cup of coffee when I arrive. As a memory I will also ask of you to take a photograph of me somewhere in your home before I leave. This photo is your gift to the project and will be published with the date, time, street and what performance was loaned.
Andrology Showroom is an art project that aims to open doors and offer a personal conversation on masculinity and prestige. But also about how childhood, our homes and society choreographs our bodies into male and female.
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For information about what is expected from you who make a booking, click here.
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For information about what andrology is, click here.
If you want to loan a choreography to your home I offer three to choose from. Here are short descriptions of them:
1. The guided tour – This choreography, A guided tour of the men’s club, is done in the format of a guided tour and takes about 25 minutes. I will take you on a journey from large scale Swedish architecture to the innermost room in a story of male prestige and how it disciplines the male body. I end the performance singing a love song played on my accordeon Marita. I will use one or more chairs from your home during the performance. This performance have a suggested minimum age limit of 15 years old.
2. Pop quiz on a bad piano – For this choreography, Bögen (The Faggot) and the melancholic pop quiz, you will need a piano in your home. It can be out of tune or often played on. No worries as long as it is not an electric piano or synthesizer. In the pop quiz I do covers of pop songs written by men performed by my one-man coverband Bögen (The Faggot). As audience you are invited to participate in the quiz or just listen. You are also asked to make a wish for a song written by men that means something to you in forhand for the pop quiz. This song should be written by men but could have been performed by anyone regardless of gender. The pop quiz consists of previous persons wished for songs. Through a simple choreography your knowledge of men’s pop songs will connect you with them.
3. The princess work out – In the choreography Spänsta med Birgitta (Get fit with Birgitta), I present and perform the fitness and weightloss-programme called Spänsta med Birgitta (Get fit with Birgitta) recorded in 1967 by swedish princess Birgitta. And you are invited to participate, no previous experience required. You will experience three historical ways of disciplining the female body. This performance can be described as a mix of a twisted work out, a piece of Swedish history and a dreamlike dance experience. It will take approximately 30 minutes to get fit with Birgitta. You can choose whether to only watch or participate in the work out.
Are you ready to book a choreography? Call 0046 769 45 44 44.
My name is Carl Olof Berg and I am a white, middle aged male raised in the neighborhood of Sommarro in Karlstad, Sweden but are based in Stockholm since more than 20 years. I do research on masculinity and prestige within my artistic practice as performer and choreographer. In my work I use my own body and its queer history as both method and material. I am interested in questions like what bodily practices create and reproduce male prestige. How and at what point are these processes destabilized? What is put at risk in the meeting between my body, social structures and movement? I also hold a silver medal in Lambada and a regional championship in single disco.
Andrology is the science of men as biological creatures.