Bio

My name is Sylwia Migdal.

 

Fourteen years ago I came to Ireland from Poland. My artistic research centres around the natural environment, protecting native Irish and Polish woodlands, and eco-acoustics. I make an artwork to expand on the critical thinking around the complex human position regarding nature and how we relate to the world. My sound-making journey builds on a continual re-asking of the question: what is the human relationship with nature?

Over the years, I searched and photographed pristine places in Ireland which are visually beautiful. However, in time I came to realise that the sounds of these wild places are equally stunning, and began to look at how I might visualise these sounds in my degree project.

 

There has never been a better time to explore the world of sound.

 

For some months now, we have been in lockdown with tight restrictions placed on our movements by the government. The coronavirus pandemic has led to social isolation and the directive that we may only walk within a two kilometre radius of our homes. Our surroundings have become suddenly very peaceful and quiet, but at the same time, paradoxically, we can hear more: the sound of nature without the noise pollution made by vehicles and building constructions.

In my project, I deconstruct and reconstruct our sense of hearing. The idea of seeing the sound has fixated me this past year, and these two kilometre walks have provided ample opportunity to collect sound from natural sources, together with video recordings, stills and the marking of exact coordinates. My Sound Walking is a form of gathering inspiration for the composition of a physical structure that produces the captured environmental sounds.

Advances in sound-recording technologies help me achieve my goals of visualising these acoustics. 

 

These thriving sound technologies, such as sound coding and virtual reality, that appear in music allow us to hear and see more than we could before. These innovations not only made a considerable impact on the deepened reception of sound among listeners, but they have also affected listeners' perception of reality.

Recording and carefully listening to environmental sounds and converting them into visual objects, forced me to pay more attention to the details of our surrounding world. The visualising soundscape is becoming part of my cultural experience.​ Visualising and recording sounds of the environment may also alter perceptions of climate change and of our impact on the planet.

 

Most crucial in my artistic research is a question:​ If we had an ability to see these natural sounds, would it increase awareness of our own acoustic behaviours, as well as our collective sense of responsibility towards the environment?

Visual Portfolio

Vanishing, 2019,

Print on black paper, 30cm x 30cm

Studio Practice: Landscape and Myself

Work in Progress, 2019

Studio Practice: Landscape and Myself

Photo: Sylwia Migdal

Work in Progress, 2019

Studio Practice: Landscape and Myself

Photo, Sylwia Migdal

Connected, 2019

Digital Photograph by Sylwia Migdal

Taking a print of fallen trees after storm Ophelia in 2017

Inspired by recent events in Bialowieza Forest in Poland, where activists protested against deforestation of National Park

Story of a Single Tree, 2019

Ian Wright, Artists Talk

Photo, Tomasz Madajczak

Ian Wright, told us a stories about the native forests in Ireland and how biodiversity is important to all of us.

Story of a Single Tree, 2019

Ian Wright, Artists Talk

Photo, Tomasz Madajczak

Ian Wright, told us a stories about the native forests in Ireland and how biodiversity is important to all of us.

Story of a Single Tree, 2019

Ian Wright, Artists Talk

Photo, Tomasz Madajczak

Ian Wright, told us a stories about native forest in Ireland and how biodiversity is important to all of us

The Manch Project , 2019

Artists Talk and Planting Trees

socially engaged event, photo, Sylwia Migdal

Searching for Sound ,March 2020

Lockdown 2 km Deep Mapping, 2020

Photo, Sylwia Migdal

Silent Tree, 2020

Audio Recording

Photo, Sylwia Migdal

Deep Mapping, 2020

Mapping the Terrain where audio been recorded

Photo, Sylwia Migdal

coordinates and artefacts 

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