Monday, March 23, 2009

Our media correspondents visited Emirates Airline International Festival and following are a series of features written by our Print Specialisation Students - this one by Fatima Hussain
Walking along the walkway of the Intercontinental Hotel at the Dubai Festival City, I came across something very unusual and unique for a Literature festival. A set of chairs were neatly aligned against the wall as exhibits. They came to my immediate notice and these were no ordinary chairs, but each one told a different tale. The students of Gems World Academy designed each chair with a different theme. Waste material and recycled items were used to make the decoration material for the chairs. Each chair had a poster above it, which consisted of the student’s photograph who designed the chair, along with a paragraph long explanation for the story behind the chair with the story! A teacher from the academy, who happened to walk by at the site of the exhibition said, “This is my students’ work and I am proud of it. I am glad that the work of art was put on display”. From fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia to serious issues such as Politics and Hunger, the students tried their best to bring what lies within the books and newspapers to a more visual appealing 3-dimensional medium in the most extra-ordinary way! The work on display was a part of an assignment ‘Function’ by students of Grade 9. Function is about how an object can be used, its purpose and how well it works. The function of an object prompts the question: Is it useful? Who needs it? Will it last? As part of the assignment, the students were presented with a functional object- a chair. Their objective was to transform their chairs into a work of art, something that illustrates a story, rending the chair functional or not regardless. Dorsa Ghobabi, a student who decided to transform her chair on a more social theme of Consumerism vs Poverty, writes: I have made two different charis behind each other, one representing consumerism and the other poverty. You can see how much people are consuming while others don’t even have a small bit to eat. My chairs are based on the book called ‘Don’t Eat This Book, Fast Food and The Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock’. I thought it would be a good idea to make a chair related to this book because there are quite a few people which I, myself know that purchase products which they don’t use while others are suffering from starvation and much more dreadful issues. 16-year-old Rafael writes: Why should I do my chair based on History. Therefore, I made a Gucci Benz. I know your first reaction will be; WHAT IS THIS! It is actually a CHAIR BRAND CAR. I have also used the headlights of the real Mercedes Benz! The chairs were on display from February 26 to 28, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Festival City, Dubai. -Fatima Husain