Around 300 B.C. a painted portico in Athens became the birthplace of the philosophy, founded by Zenon, called Stoa. Stoicism established itself as one of the most powerful philosophical teachings of the ancient world. Steadfastness, self-sufficiency and independence are propagated by the stoic ethic as the path to a happy life. However, its basic principles directed towards reason and the fulfillment of duties imply a severity that under certain circumstances also advocates suicide, incest or cannibalism. After "Enthusiastinnen" (Enthusiasts, 2012) and "Pessimistinnen" (Pessimists, 2013), Kasia Fudakowski continues her preoccupation with mind-sets between philosophy and everyday life. The column, as the embodiment of an ideal stoic attitude, becomes the starting point for the presentation of Fudakowski’s tragic-comical sculptures.
An LP record, produced by the Cologne-based label “Apparent Extent“, accompanies the exhibition. The record includes music in co-operation with Volker Zander and Tobias Levin and texts authored by Kasia Fudakowski as well as commissioned text and audio from Alexander Brenchley, Dorothy Feaver, Sam de Groot, Paul Haworth, William Kherbek, Helen Marten and Ayumi Rahn. The audio, split between an A and B side, refers to the darker, yet comic side of the Stoa, concentrating on the extremes to which the philosophy’s logic concludes. The sometimes shocking content is pulled through by the consistent presence of music. The samples have a dub feel and feature loose hand played tom fills and irregular mono-synth and upright bass lines under a slow and steady 808 drum grid. "Stoikerinnen" can be seen as 'comedy on dub' and is Fudakowski's fan-nod to the manifold audio-arts of hamburgian postpunk humourisms, as well as late 90's british radio-creations such as blue jam.
In co-production with Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. Edition of 300 copies.
The LP is integrated into the exhibition, and a publication will be produced to accompany it, in co-operation with the Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst.
Images: Michael Pfisterer