Monday, 21 January 2013

For the Grade 8s and their Chiang Mai Stories

And just like that, we have reached another milestone and tail end of another unit of study.  Right now, I just want to take this time to congratulate the Grade 8s on their recent body of work inspired by their trip to Chiang Mai and our current unit on short fiction and the danger of the single story. 

After curating the Grade 8 pod as an art space and home for your phenomenal photo essays, and uploading all the videos on to  your Vimeo Portfolio for your Chiang Mai narratives, am happy to say that the results have been pretty spectacular.  I totally agree with what Mr. Raisdana said too, your attention to detail, your artistic integrity, and dedication to hard work has been admirable. I know we have placed a lot of demands on you the past few weeks, before and after your trip, and before and after the break, so good on you for rising to the occasion and taking on this creative challenge.  My hope is that your minds and hearts have been opened to the idea that there are no single stories about places and people; that if we looked closely enough with compassion and vigilance, our experiences and perspectives will always allow for what's in between the privileged  extremes.   

A brief recap:  
Essentially, the idea behind these stories was to look beyond the Single Story of Chiang Mai and create a story (either through a digital story or a photo essay)  that lives between the romanticized version and exploitation of Chiang Mai. It is a story that nobody knows and only you can tell based on your unique experience. We were looking for a few simple things:
  • There is a clear narrative. Your piece tells a story or creates an experience that targets emotions over facts.
  • It is clear that you were composing images, not just taking them. (Rule of Thirds, Use of Perspectives and Angles)
  • Your Digital Story moves beyond a slideshow to show mastery of the form by layering a variety of elements to create a complete piece. (Text, Sound, Video, Images)
  • Your Photo Essay is able to speak for itself and stand alone.  It tells a story or follows a theme.
 We know it will be hard for teachers and parents to view all of these amazing tales, so we have listed links below to each class portfolio. Remember that some of the portfolios have more than one page, so click to next to see all the videos. Some of the portfolios appear not to have names, but you can find specific pieces  if you hover over the thumbnail or video for a second or two. 

All the photo essays have quick time versions on the Vimeo Portfolios as well.  For the physical exhibit, please visit the Grade 8 pod (tucked past the Math classrooms between Block B and C).   Here is a preview from snaps I took as Mr. Brooke and I mounted your amazing narratives. 

Mia Taicher 
Zoe Prosi
Hazel Swift
Liam Holohan
Cian Tan 

Ritsuki Yoshida

Shruti Agarwal
Anyway, hang out and stay awhile. Share your pieces and explore others'. Feel free to leave comments, watch or forward these rich narratives with and to family, loved ones, friends and take the time to view every single one.  :) We recommend a quiet room, a big screen and some headphones.  

Here's a peek of this tremendous body of work. 

First to submit her masterpiece...

The Beauty of Nature English Celia DS FINAL from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

Check out the surreal here...

Auguste:Chiang Mai The Alley Way from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

And some powerful realizations...

Michelle:Chiang Mai Digital Story from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

Who knew...poetry by Min Suk

Hide & Seek English Min Suk DS Final from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

Get ready for a unique photo/video ride ... 
More than a city English Sonya DS Final from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

And see how really seeing a place changes people ...

Recognize Molly 8ELo DS Final from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

Anything Essential Is Invisible To Our Eyes Hiroto 8Elo DS finale from UWC South East Asia on Vimeo.

 Feel proud of what you've accomplished and now, published.  Well done, Grade 8! 

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