About

Olivia Louvel is a French-born British composer and artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. Her work is presented in the form of sound recordings, live performance, sound art installations and video art.

Her practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology, as a compositional method. She is a PhD candidate (2021-) at the University of Brighton, investigating the interplay of voice and sculpture.

‘The Sculptor Speaks’ was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the Sound Art category at the Ivors Composer Awards 2020. She was interviewed by Stuart Maconie for his BBC Radio 6 programme about her “compelling sculpture-inspired work” on Barbara Hepworth. ‘The Whole Inside’ was selected for the Longlist at the Aesthetica Art Prize 2021, and is published in the ‘Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology: Future Now.’

Education

2020 MA. Digital Music and Sound Art, University of Brighton.

2021- 2025 PhD. Arts and Communication, University of Brighton.

Other Publications

Louvel, Olivia. ‘A Generative Sound Mural, The Whole Inside: Sounding the Body’. Leonardo Music Journal, MIT Press, Volume 30, December 2020, p.29-32, https://doi.org/10.1162/lmj_a_01080

 

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Louvel often operates at the intersection of creation and documentation with works such as: ‘The Sculptor Speaks’ (2020), a resounding of a Barbara Hepworth archival tape, premiered on Resonance Extra, and followed by an audiovisual version; ‘SculptOr’, a suite of nine pieces based on Hepworth’s extensive writings released as a digipak CD; ’The Whole Inside’ (2019), a generative sound mural exploring the violent misogyny of the Incels; ‘Not A Creature Of Paper’ (2019) a Louise Labé inspired composition for avant-garde ensemble Juice Vocal, premiered at Kings Place; ’Data Regina’ (2017), a multimedia suite based on Mary Queen of Scots’ writings through an interactive digital platform – Arts Council funded; and ‘Afraid of Women’ (2016), an audio-visual piece raising awareness for Rojava, the autonomous zone in Northern Syria.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    01 June 2021 Yorkshire Sound Women Network, online seminar. ‘Hepworth Resounds’. https://yorkshiresoundwomen.com/event/olivia-louvel-hepworth-resounds/

    15 October 2021 Hepworth Research Network. online symposium: Contemporary Artists and Barbara Hepworth. ’The Sculptor Speaks’ Resounding the archival voice of Barbara Hepworth from analogue to digital. https://hepworthwakefield.org/our-story/hepworth-research-network/events/our-story-hepworth-research-network-eventscontemporary-artists-and-barbara-hepworth/

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