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Ira Pappa

MA work

Spectral Devices for Alps. 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.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2015

  • Ira Pappa is a critical designer and researcher, with a background in product design. 

    She uses social psychology as a tool to explore unusual human behaviours in films and creates objects embedded within narratives.

  • Degrees

  • BA Product Design, Akto Art and Design College, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • School of Tomorrow, Swiss Pavilion - Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2014 ; Rilao Science of Fiction, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, 2014 ; TEDx Athens - Discovery, Megaron Athens Concert Hall, Athens, 2013 ; New Designers Show, Expo, Athens, 2011 ; Design Lab, Olympic Fencing Centre Facilities, Athens, 2010