• CologneOFF 2013 Romania, Cologne International Videoart Festival @ ALTER-NATIVE 21 – International Short Film Festival, Nov. 2013
• CologneOFF 2013 Poland, Quest Europe – International Short Film Festivaö, Jul.– Aug. 2013
• CologneOFF 2013 India II, CeC – Carnival of eCreativity, Sattal, India, Feb. 2013
• Cologne Art & Animation Festival, German, Sep. 2012 – Aug. 2013
• Bitfilm Festival (onscreen and online), Bangalore, India and Hamburg, German, Jan. – Apr. 2013 (Episode 2 : Puzzle)
• Machinima Expo (online), Los Angeles, USA, 2012
• SLACTIONS 2012 Machinima Festival (online), Portugal, 2012
• RE/Mixed Media Festival, New York, USA, 2012
• CologneOFF 2012 Russia III @ XI Kansk International Video Festival, Kansk, Russia, 2012
"Go West", in general, implies that the civilized, capitalized and Christianized Western world is the promised land to pursue. However, as global capitalists and speculators dive into Asian emerging markets, especially China, for outsourcing and exploitation, the journey to the West has been extended from Europe and US to China. In Taiwan, due to job displacement, relocation, outsourcing or workplace closure, influxes of Taiwanese investors and skilled workers, willingly or not, go westward across the Taiwan strait to China since the rise of China's economy. The semantics of "Go West" no longer means to go to the Western world; it means going to China.
This work contains a collection of machinima productions inspired by news, personal experience, dreams and videogames. It appropriates and re-purposes avatars, speeches, plots and levels from videogame to create parallels between the happenings in real life and the dystopian in Half Life. It critically questions and profoundly rethinks this new wave of "Go West" through the lyric of Pet Shop Boys' Go West. The confused and harsh mingling of noises in English and Chinese Mandarin dramatize the black humor of the omnipresent propaganda and news. The video expresses the anxiety, perplexity and fears about ignorance, isolation, alienation, suppression and oppression of identity, and asks the question "will 'Go West' be the inevitable destiny?"