The magpie is one of the most intelligent non-human species, able to distinguish themselves from their reflections. In many cultures, they are linked to superstitions, with the rhyme “One for the Sorrow” that illustrates how their appearances can be a form of fortune-telling. Via the embodiment of the magpie as an allegorical notion to shift away from the human-centered perspective, the film aims to create speculations of possible futures through the eyes of the magpie as a prophet—seer—diviner, reinforced by its mythical qualities retold in folklores and legends.
About the artist:
Pam Virada is an artist exploring the notions between the cinematic and various temporalities as means to navigate ghostly forces and intimate stories within domestic spheres. Some of her past works have been exhibited/screened at Liste Art Fair Basel, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, London, Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, Washington DC, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, among other institutions. She has recently graduated with an MA in Interior Architecture from Studio for Immediate Spaces, Sandberg Institute, in 2022.