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, sound art installations, video art and live performance.

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.

Awards and grants include an Ivor Novello Award for Best Sound Art at the Ivors Classical Awards 2023 for ‘LOL’, a travel and research grant by the Henry Moore Foundation for a residency at the Skaftfell Visual Art Center.

She has presented her work at Towner, Middlesbrough Art Week, Phoenix Art Space, The Hepworth Wakefield, Chapter Arts Centre, King’s Place, De La Warr, Ikon Gallery.

 

Education

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

2021- 2025 PhD. Art 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

    Throughout her extensive research on Barbara Hepworth [also called Hepworth Resounds], she produced ‘The Sculptor Speaks’ (2020) a resounding of a Barbara Hepworth archival tape, which was premiered on Resonance Extra and followed by an audio-visual version presented at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2021, and at Towner in 2023. ‘SculptOr’ is a suite of nine pieces based on Hepworth’s writings released as a digipak CD.

    Installation works include: ‘LOL’ (2022), a site-specific sonic intervention reflecting the current state of political affairs in Britain, delivered through the public address system of Middlesbrough’s CCTV surveillance network; ‘Doggerland Channels’ (2022), a generative sound-relief based on the ancient land which once linked Britain to the continent, premiered at Phoenix Art Space for Sound Art Brighton, and reinstalled at Middlesbrough Art Week, 2023;  and ’The Whole Inside’ (2019), a generative sound mural exploring the violent misogyny of the Incels.

    Other compositional and audio-visual works include: ‘doggerLANDscape’ (2023), a video art on the submerged forest of Doggerland; ‘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

    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/

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

     

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