The Six: What's going on at Dubai Design Week

Several installations are scattered across D3. (Courtesy Dubaidesignweek.ae)
Updated 11 November 2018
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The Six: What's going on at Dubai Design Week

  • The six-day event will happen at the Dubai Design District
  • Several activities are lined up throughout the week

DUBAI: Set to run from Nov. 13-17, here are the highlights of this year’s fair. 

Global Grad Show

An exhibition of life-changing inventions designed by graduates from international design and technology schools, this year’s exhibit will showcase 150 projects.

Abwab

Named after the Arabic word for “doors,” Abwab is an annual exhibition dedicated to design from the region. This year, five pavilions from Amman, Beirut, Dubai, the Eastern Provinces of KSA and Kuwait City will show off their innovations.

Installations

A site-specific installation by Dubai-based firm ANARCHITECT, “Circadian Light Synthesis” is made up of two installations — one with natural light and the other with artificial light.

Talks and workshops

Dubai Design Week 2018 will host an extensive range of talks and panel discussions on sustainability and safeguarding culture. Highlights include an appearance by Arab satirist Karl Sharro.

Downtown Design

Trade fair “Downtown Design” returns from Nov. 13-16 more than 175 premium design brands from across the world.

UAE Design Stories

An exhibition highlighting eight Emirati talents, “UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from The Emirates” is curated by Emirati product designer Khalid Shafar. Participating designers were invited to delve into historic photographic archives of the UAE and to interpret pieces from the records.


Film Review: Mowgli’s latest jungle run releases on Netflix

Updated 09 December 2018
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Film Review: Mowgli’s latest jungle run releases on Netflix

CHENNAI: Technology is not a bad thing, but when stretched to the extreme it can hamper films. “Mowgli: The Legend of the Jungle,” which was released on Netflix this week, seems to suffer on this precise point.

Directed by the Hollywood legend that is Andy Serkis, the film employs his trademark use of technology that records an actor’s performance in three dimensions then maps the digital character, in this case the animals of the jungle, over the top.

While he is famous for his performance-capture techniques, it can be distracting from the plot and a little bizarre to watch on screen as the all-star cast — Benedict Cumberbatch as Bengal tiger Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as the snake Kaa and Christian Bale as the panther Bagheera — morph into animal form.

Disney’s 2016 computer animated remake of Rudyard Kipling’s work was a huge hit and Serkis’ effort pales in comparison, but the upside to this latest remake of Mowgli’s adventure is that it focuses on the boy-cub’s (played by Rohan Chand) interaction with other humans and does so delightfully.

According to an interview with The Associated Press, Serkis was deep into planning when Disney’s version was announced, and, although he knew the films would be quite different, there was still pressure to be first. Once that “went away” when Disney beat them to theaters, Serkis said, they decided to take the time they needed to refine the story and get the performances and the technology up to his standard.

The film follows Mowgli as he is captured by a hunter (played by Matthew Rhys) and taken to a neighboring village, where a kind woman (Frieda Pinto) nurses him and even sings him a lullaby. Ultimately, the plot boils down to a choice between two worlds — the jungle and the village — and the young boy must choose between the lesser of two evils.

Serkis’ work has an important message for audiences and shouts loud and clear about the dangers of expanding urban developments in countries like India. The forests are shrinking, says a character in the film, and perhaps this film will shed light on the need to save the wildlife therein.