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Tor-Finn Malum Fitje: The Mystery of Bird Navigation

Tor-Finn Malum Fitje is a Norwegian artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. His projects are typically manifested through narratives in video and sound, although textual production is likewise an evident aspect of this process. His activity borders scientific research, a position strongly reflected in the finished artworks. Questions regarding the nature of sensory and linguistic reproductions, of metaphors and cognition, of myth and physical theory, and of poetry and the natural sciences, are reoccurring subjects of interest.

The Mystery of Bird Navigation from Tor-Finn Malum Fitje on Vimeo.

The Mystery of Bird Navigation is a work contemplating the enigma of flight. Shaped in the format of a feature length documentary, it reflects on how the navigational abilities of birds have been understood, and misunderstood, through legends as much as through scientific experiments. Although we may have come a long way since Aristotle ́s theory of bird hibernation, or the belief in annual migration to the Moon, many researchers admit that the knowledge we have obtained is, if anything, leaving us with even greater questions. At the heart of this comical expedition, the movie opposes the way in which these questions are being asked.


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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