20.01.2012
THE SPACE DOG ODYSSEY: A COLD WAR ROMANCE
& A SUB-SPACE DOG ODYSSEY: THE PREQUEL
Artists: Honey Biba Beckerlee Mathias Kryger (DK)

Space Dog Odyssey is a series of photo-novella performances, or rather,
performances that would like to be fictional documentary films. The
performances are queer, post-humanist rewritings of major historical events
told through the pets of powerful politicians, in a humorous though poetic
manner, focusing on the minor, the silly and the subordinate.
Written and performed by Honey Biba Beckerlee and Mathias Kryger The
Space Dog Odyssey, A Cold War Romance takes its point of departure in
the Cold War and the Space Race. The narrative of the performance follow
two strands; one is the encounter between Nikita Khrushchev and John F.
Kennedy at the Vienna Summit in 1961. The second strand is the story of
Strelka, the Russian spacedog, who was allegedly the first (along with Belka)
to return to earth alive. Nikita Khrushchev gave one of Strelka’s offspring,
Pushinka, to the Kennedy family and Pushinka went on to have pups with
The White House dog Charlie. The distinction between (hu)man and dog is
blurred, thus reconfiguring history, giving it a precipitate happy ending,
where the Berlin wall is never erected.
Written by Honey Biba Beckerlee and performed by Stephanie Comilang and
Stephanie Crame A Sub-Space Dog Odyssey, The Prequel takes its point
of departure in the second world war, and the research that was done at the
time, into dogs’ ability to read and spell, even calculate. The narrative
unfolds in two strands; one is Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun and the other
Blondi, his dog.
Here history is re-negotiated through a pun on the word subspace, which can
mean both: In BDSM, the submissive partners state of mind or ultimate
sensation and: In science fiction, an alternative plane of reality used for
faster than light travel. Subspace becomes the word that frames the
narrative, being both a metaphor for the bunker they would end their days
in, but also being Blondi’s relationship to Hitler and in the end, by taking use
of the last meaning of the word, a way to undo WWII.



Honey Biba Beckerlee (Danish, born 1978) has studied art at The Royal
Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (2008), Staatliche Hochschule für
Bildene Künste (Staedelschule), Frankfurt (2003) and Contemporary Art
Theory at Goldsmiths College, London (2006). Her artistic practice is
expressed in audio/visual installations, performance and text, which forms a
continuous study of the construction of identity in history and society, and
the role of the image in these processes. She has recently had a solo-show in
Aarhus Kunstbygning entitled Diplopia, which dealt with the early modern
eco-movement and its visions for the future.

Mathias Kryger (Danish, born 1977), works with the performative in a range
of forms and media: As a performance artist, a curator, a writer as well as a
pop singer in his post-r'n'b band Back In Dirty Minutes. In 2009 he curated
the exhibition LYST at Overgaden, Center for Contemporary Art and he
continues to organize performance events and exhibitions such as X's and
Why's for Nikolaj Kunsthal in 2011 and his upcoming project titled Societé
Anonyme. In 2011 he co-produced and performed in the project La carte et
le territoire at the Venice Biennial. Solo performances include: FRAC
Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, Warehouse9, Copenhagen, Museet for
samtidskunst, Roskilde and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Mathias
is currently editing a book on art and queer geography in Beirut, Tijuana and
Copenhagen. Mathias has a background as a recording pop singer and holds
a master's degree in Visual Culture form the University of Copenhagen.
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