Well let’s go for my first short films then. Because I recently showed my first short film to my
students. I made this short film when I was their age, 20-something. The name of this piece is
It is about cyber identity. It was produced in 2001 which is more than 10 years ago. At that time, I still
remember, I was the first student in my class who used internet for research. So, internet had just
come up and we are still using this dialed-up internet which had these strange sounds when it
connected and you hear the modem dialing.
And then I was pretty shocked or pretty confused about what is a cyber identity at that time because,
suddenly, when you can only communicate face-to-face or verbally over the phone, suddenly there
is a new identity called cyber identity. You can log in a website or log in a chat room and you can
type your own description of yourself. Even if physically you are a man, you can type in your profile
that you are a 17-year old girl. Whatever you want, you can make up an identity that you want to be,
basically, or you want to explore. Because by responding to other people or how other people
respond to you, you will be completely into your created identity. I was very curious about these
new things. That you can actually be anyone after school when you are facing your computer.
Actually that was a course work I made. And then my teacher was impressed by what I wanted to
do. And then the school helped me to send it to festivals and then it got quite a good response
around the world. Then I started to think, „what is it? Why is it? Why is this work so interesting to
other people?“ And then I realized that it’s this topic inside that I am working on or the points of
views that I show people and how I present cyber identity and physical identity together, make
people feel interested about my thoughts.
So, then I slowly generated an understanding of how a video or how my work would be meaningful
to other people: the message inside is very important and also my personal point of view is very
important. Then I started to go for this direction that when I create art or when I create a movie I
must have a central message in the middle. And then this central message can be more defined and
manipulated in an art form. So, it can be communicated as an individual piece to the audience. But
even when I am not existing, when I am not besides the artwork, the artwork itself can stand alone
and can communicate with the audience around the world.
Because of my own background and identity I … a lot of my art is related to the queer community in
Hong Kong or in Asian culture. I can see things from Eastern and Western points of view, I can mix
culture and mix it in my art that people both from the Western world and the Eastern world will
understand. For example, my last feature film „Soundless wind chime“, is basically a story about a
European man living in Hong Kong and a love story with a Chinese man. I was actually quite
surprised when I was showing it in the Berlin International Film Festival 2009. Different people
related to the film from different points of view because the story has two main characters from
completely different backgrounds. So, I as a Chinese film maker produced the film from my Chinese
point of view. But because of this position of me having lived in Switzerland and in America for a
while, I am able to put a European character in my film that opens up a different market and opens
up an audience to understand the film.