In September 2023, the Julia Stoschek Foundation is launching a new series of individual presentations by young artists called DOUBLE FEATURE. These presentations will take place simultaneously in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
The first exhibition presents current films by the Berlin-based artist Young-jun Tak, including "Wish You a Lovely Sunday" (2021) and "Wohin?" (2022).
Both works were produced in Berlin and deal with the interaction of place, architecture, movement and belief in relation to concepts such as community and queerness.
In "Wish You a Lovely Sunday" (2021) two places in Berlin are contrasted: the church at the Südstern and the queer club SchwuZ. Young-jun Tak invited two choreographers and two dancers to create choreographies for these spaces. He also chose a different Bach piece for each team, which was played on a four-handed piano. However, the filming was done in the inverted rooms, forcing the participants to spontaneously adapt their choreographies to the architecture and atmosphere of the other location. This approach creates a dialogue between the two spaces and creates a surprising connection between religion and club culture.
"Where?" is a film that focuses on the rear-view mirrors of cars driving on the Autobahn around Berlin. As the film progresses, various objects hanging from the mirrors come into focus, such as Christian rosaries, Buddhist prayer bead necklaces or the well-known German miracle tree air freshener. The rear-view mirrors simultaneously show scenes from the back seats of the cars. The actors act out different situations, while Tak had previously spoken to them about the diverse aspects of the German autobahn – a place that is historical but also offers space for projections of masculinity and gay encounters. The film's soundtrack, interpreted by organist Andreas Sieling and countertenor Tim Morgan, further underscores the various facets.
The DOUBLE FEATURE series is curated by Line Ajan and Lisa Long.
Born in 1989 in Seoul, South Korea, Young-jun Tak's art deals with the socio-cultural and psychological mechanisms underlying belief systems. His works include videos, sculptures and installations, often depicting the human body in the context of norms and conventions. Tak has exhibited internationally and currently lives and works in Berlin.
September 14 – December 17, 2023, JSF Berlin
September 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., JSF Berlin
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., JSF Berlin