March 21, 2004
Module II: Mobile Artistic Events - Gentian Shkurti, Solo Exhibition
Exhibition, Exit Gallery, Peja
Gentian Shkurti, young contemporary artist form Albania, is author of "Go West", a 3D videogame where the user has to defy Italian Coast guards and try to reach Italy.
“Illegal immigration seems to be the main way to fulfil Albanian people"s desire of integrating with Europe, and that make them blind, even when their own life is at stake. When they finally get to Italy, they discover that"s all another story. The whole thing seems to me to be like a videogame, fated not to succeed ever.”
"Go West" shows that videogames are emerging in the public domain as a sort of commentary on social and somehow political issues. If compared to best-selling commercial products made by large global corporations, Shkurti"s game may be simple and technically naive. However, in this case its simplicity is not a limitation, but the key point of a game which has been conceived to let the user play with (and within) a contradictory social situation.