Chiho Aoshima’s City Glow is a meditation on the perils of climate change, with the forces of good and evil vying for control of the land. Using the phantasmagoric imagery and bright colors of Japanese anime, the seven-minute narrative opens in a garden filled with exotic foliage and creatures. Slowly a modern city made up of living skyscrapers grows from this serene and fertile paradise. As night falls, the city becomes a haunted wasteland; ultimately, however, demonic ghosts are banished by winged spirits, and nature flowers once again.


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Artist
Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, born 1974
Title
City Glow
Date
2005
Medium
Five-channel video, edition 4/5
Dimensions
7 minutes, 7 seconds
Credit Line

Gift of Jereann and Holland Chaney in memory of Robert H. Chaney

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2008.534
Classification
Film & Video
Provenance

[Blum & Poe, Los Angeles]; The Chaney Family Collection, Houston, 2005–2008; given to MFAH, 2008.