Fiona Tan: Film Screening

Close-Up Cinema, London & CCA, Glasgow

London | Close-Up Cinema:

Sat 13 Nov, 8.15pm: Ascent


Glasgow | Centre for Contemporary Arts:

Sat 11 Dec: Ascent 


Fiona Tan's film Ascent is being screened as part of 'Urban, Natural, Human: Exploring japan on screen', a touring film programme, taking as its key theme the built and natural environments in contemporary Japan. It is a Day for Night project conceived and curated by Sonali Joshi.


With its core themes of architecture and the environment, the programme will reflect on catastrophe, regeneration and recovery, not least in the year of the 10th anniversary of the Tohuku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The project also takes on a fresh relevance in the light of the pandemic, in adapting and rethinking our relationship to space, collective gathering and the built environment around us, pointing to broader discourses concerning our place as humans in an ever-changing world.


This programme will allow audiences to discover significant contributions made by Japanese creators to the fields of art, architecture and design, and moving image, while exploring Japanese culture, history and society more broadly.Featuring archival works, documentary and artists’ moving image, many not seen in the UK before, key explorations into the built and natural environments will be framed through historical, current and future contexts – the impact of war, post-war regeneration, natural and man-made catastrophes, reconstruction and renewal, urban and rural development, the urban experience and the future of cities.
13 Nov 2021