• Martyna Benedyka

InterArt Feature: In Memory of My Feelings - Archaeoacoustics, or Examining Sound in the Past

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/martyna-benedyka/o-virga-ac-diadema-hildegard-von-bingen-martyna-benedyka

First part of a sound/art project realized during my art residency in an ancient Italian town, in the region of Calabria, Squillace. In my works (sound and drawings), I investigate themes such as the translation of archeology and subjective experiences into general history. I examine how the idea of archaeoacoustics is understood and narrated.

“Composed by Hildegard von Bingen, a saint, mystic and medieval composer, the song is an ode to an olive branch which, free from original sin, becomes a source of life and a symbol of the mother's womb. Martyna's voice provides a vivid image when it is grafted into the context of centuries-old olive groves such as those that cover the surroundings of Squillace, restoring the sense of that god inherent in nature so dear to Bingen and that only art can embody in the human body. Archaeoacoustics, an interdisciplinary methodology used by the artist, includes archeology, ethnomusicology, acoustics and digital modelling, allowing for a concrete consonance between sounds of the past and those of the present.” (In-Ruins Art Residency)

I also made drawings in response to the piece created by blending my vocals (12 voices) in the interpretation of a fragment of a medieval piece by Hildegard von Bingen "O virga ac diadema" (Praise for the Mother) as well as:

the soundscapes fragments of information archaeology of sounds the ruins visible and clandestine feelings and emotions natural phenomena my stories

Italy 1044

Installation Views

In-ruins Art Residency, Squillace, Calabria, Italy

OPEN STUDIO, Castello di Squillace