Noam Toran
Senior Tutor

The MacGuffin Library

A term attributed to Hitchcock, the MacGuffin is a cinematic plot device, usually an object, that serves to set and keep the story in motion despite lacking intrinsic importance. For this project, the MacGuffin is seen as a unique object typology, existing within the constraints of cinema, and defined in shape and function to achieve the singular purpose of driving a filmic narrative. The MacGuffin Library proposes the foundations for a library of MacGuffins, produced by first authoring a series of film synopsis’ which are used to inform a collection of objects to be designed, manufactured and catalogued. The film plots address themes stemming from a disparate range of interests and inspirations: Re-enactments, unorthodox fantasies, Borges and Carver short stories, forgeries, urban myths, high and low brow cinema, alternative histories, and the relationship between media and memory. In collaboration with Onkar Kular.

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