An exploration of fictional objects in non-science fiction cinema.
A series of six fictional objects called ‘Ski Devices’, these exist in an alternative version of the Greek film Alps (2011).
Using their functions as manifestations of the main aspects of the film — control and belief — they have a key role in overstating the existing main characters’ activities and behaviour. Focusing on the psychological interaction between humans and devices, these objects reveal an imaginary, closed society where they could exist. This is to provoke the design industry’s stereotypical focus on products and to examine the processes that normalise things as useful or useless.
The project is an exploration of the complex dialogues taking place between plot, characters and objects. The viewer experiences an augmented dimension of the story in which objects that can’t be seen exert their effects in the film. Drawing parallels with works of literature, social psychology and semiotics, ‘Spectral Devices for Alps’ is a critical observation of the role of fictional objects in non-science fiction films.