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Bie Erenurm is a Swedish filmmaker, artist and writer. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Estonian Academy of Arts. And she is a member of Illustrator Centrum, Sweden’s largest agency for professional illustrators and graphic designers. Her own electrosensitivity and her concern for the planet have prompted her to create humorous short films addressing the problem of electropollution. Swedish actor John-Erik Leth stars in the films. Bie’s films can be viewed in Swedish and English on her website, The Canary Sings. She also plans to use her website to display the work of other like-minded artists, filmmakers, poets and writers who are addressing the problem creatively.
“I am electrosensitive myself but not totally sick (yet). I can no longer live in a city, and I cannot be too long on the computer or I get tired, can’t sleep and more. I feel a very bad “tune” in my head, heart and body from cellphones and WiFi—an irritation, a pressure. My head gets thick and my heart feels unsure, irregular. I am very worried about the future. Where are we to live? They are going to put 4G and 5G all over the country. In Sweden, they want to take away all home phones [landline telephones].
“My idea with my Canary website is to have information presented in an artistic way—poems, art, humorous short films and links. You have heard the story about the canary birds that were used in mining to warn when the air got poisoned. I am naming my website after them. The people I want to highlight are those with EHS [Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity], those who love the forest, those who are poisoned in the city—electricity refugees. We are the ones who get sick, we are the ones who warn the world. People should listen to us. The beautiful canary song will perhaps get someone’s heart to listen.” ~Bie Erenurm