In History’s Future, artist-director Fiona Tan blends fiction, documentary and speculative essay to ruminate on what she describes as “the moods, fears, and hopes of the early 21st-century Zeitgeist." With a stellar international cast that includes Denis Lavant (Holy Motors), Anne Consigny (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Christos Passalis (Dogtooth) the film asks: what life would you choose to live if you could live any life you wanted? If you could hold onto just one memory, what would that memory be?
About the Artist
Fiona Tan was born in Pekan Baru, Indonesia in 1966, and was raised in Melbourne. She moved to the Netherlands in the late 1980s to pursue her art studies, which is where she still lives and works today. Tan has participated in many international exhibitions including Documenta XI in 2002, and the Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Sydney and Yokohama Biennales. In 2009 Tan represented The Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. Her work is represented in numerous international public and private collections including the Tate Modern, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the New Museum, New York.
Film, Talks & Performances
Fiona Tan: History’s Future (2016)
The feature film debut from acclaimed visual artist Fiona Tan, and co-written with film critic Jonathan Romney, History’s Future is a mind-bending, genre-hopping tour through contemporary Europe. Following a mugging, a man known only as “MP” (“Missing Person”) suffers total amnesia. Without a past, he embarks on a surreal odyssey through Europe in search of his identity. Imbued with retina-burning imagery and existential pathos, History’s Future is a heady voyage through time, memory, and Europe in an age of unrest.
Audiences are invited to join us for a conversation with the artist via Skype after the film.