Phonautograph is a film reflecting on the human compulsion to visualize and articulate sound. Its tale traces the history of capturing, preserving and reproducing acoustic signals, juxtaposing early sound recordings with contemporary binaural experiments. It follows the mythical quest for the “HAARP” sound, and examines the concept of musical harmony. It presents Chladni’s efforts to picture sound through cymatic figures, and Pythagoras’ laws of the strings. It considers the power of glossolalia in religious awakening and dwells on the childlike belief of the seashell as a sound portal. Essentially, Phonautograph is a film about sound, celebrating the limitations that this implies, emphasizing the re in representation.
Filmform – The Art Film & Video Archive
Florence Nightingale – 1890
King George VI – 1938
Alfred Tennyson – 1890
Alessandro Moreschi – 1901
Alexander Graham Bell – 1906
Gertrud Stein – 1934
Jacob Bronowski – 1973
William Gladstone –1888
Virginia Woolf – 1934
Dylan Thomas – 1952
Gerald Heard – 1956
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville – 1860
Tor-Finn Malum Fitje is a Norwegian artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. He grew up in Bergen, where he studied Film Production and earned a specialized Bachelor Degree in Directing. After graduating, he attended Bergen Academy of Art and Design, later completing his Bachelor in Fine Arts at Konstfack College of Arts in Stockholm. Malum Fitje is currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, graduating in the spring of 2016.
His artistic research has lead to a conception that what is often referred to as binary oppositions; the so-called hard and soft sciences, representing “The Brain” and “The Heart”, generally have more in common than what any of the concerned parts want to acknowledge.
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