Olof Olsson

Works for Live Art Denmark
2012: “The History of Disco” at Samtalekøkken
2013: “Driving the Blues Away” at Hitparaden 1
2014: “1864/1946” for Now and Again
2015: “Driving the Blues Away” at Kulstof 15

The History of Disco
After playing music for about half an hour, placing an order of drinks (black coffee and Club Mate) through an audience member, chatting with that audience member for a while, as well as digressions about travelling, psychoanalysis and Venezolean bank machine frauds, Olof begins his performance lecture at around minute 52. He begins it not by talking about Disco, but by talking about the Swing Kids, an oppositional movement of young jazz afficionadoes during the Nazi age in Germany, and, in Olof’s version, the origin of the DJ. In best Olof Olsson eliptical style, he mixes the historical with the anecdotal, the personal with the biggest of pictures. An entertaining tour den force, still well worth watching (a rare thing to state about performance art documentations indeed).

Driving the Blues Away
For his second appearance at an event produced by Live Art Denmark, he presented “Driving Blues Away”at Hitparaden 1.  In this complex and funny performance lecture we follow Bill Gates’ seduction of Olof Olsson’s girlfriend at Delhi and Heathrow airports. And Bill’s life (after extensive plastic surgery) as a pig – eating juicy grass in a mountain valley, and delivering milk to Toblerone (the Swiss triangular tax-free store favourite) In addition, we get the cultural history of chocolate, cola drinks, personal computers, sanitary porcelain, and the garden of Eden. Which (surprise!) all are related to each other– and to Bill Gates. The presentation is marked by Olof’s love and fear of language, creating comedy and poetry alike – and something to think about. In four-five-six words: it’s stand-up for brains.

We invited Olof again to our 2015 festival at Kulstof 15 to present a longer, 90 minute version of “Driving Blues Away”.

Photo: BRKNRIB

Photo: BRKNRIB

1864/1946
Olof participated in our performance for video program “Now and Again” with a video called “1864/1946”. 1864/1946 is a humorous interpretation of a current but past time (says google translate).

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About the Artist
Olof Olsson makes spoken performances, like lectures, speeches, comedy, talk-shows, and question-and-answer sessions. Or something in-between, or not quite.

Olof is the product of the emerging 1960s emerging charter tourism, his Dutch mother and Swedish father met in Mallorca. In his youth Olof made experiments in journalism, photography, and as a radio dj. Having studied languages, philosophy, and translation theory, Olof finally ended up in art school. After 15 years of attempts in ‘conceptual’ art, Olof started performing in 2007.

Find out mor eon Olof’s website or look and listen to him in this interview at the Louisiana Channel.

Om liveart_dk

Liveart.dk was founded in 2004 in Copenhagen to promote the discussion, documentation and development of live art in Denmark. The organisation is equally inspired by the imaginative and entertaining English Live Art tradition as by the theoretical and political German theatre tradition. We have organised 10 large international festivals of Live Art for kids and adults since 2004, and over 40 discussion events, books, video series, symposia and more in the field of live art, performance art, art criticism and documentation. We collaborate with theatres, music venues, art museums and festivals in Denmark and internationally.