Olivia Louvel

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Olivia Louvel is a composer and sound artist whose work draws on voice, computer music and digital narrative. 

Her largest project to date Data Regina is a multimedia suite in which she explores the reigns of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, delivering her own singular transposition through an interactive digital platform and a cd publication. In November 2018, she toured throughout the UK presenting a headline audio-visual set of Data Regina for ‘Synth Remix’, an event curated by Benjamin Tassie under Sound and Music's Composer-Curator scheme.

Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of England. In 2011, she was awarded the Qwartz Album for Doll Divider at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards.

Louvel has received extensive airplay on significant radio programs such as BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC Radio 6’s Freak Zone, Resonance (UK), RTE Lyric FM’s Nova (Ireland), Radio Eins’s Elektro Beat (Germany), NRK’s Harald Are Lund (Norway), RTVE Radio 3’s Fluido Rosa, RTVE Radio 3’s Atmosfera (Spain), RAI 3’s Battiti (Italy), and France Musique’s La Matinale. 

She has presented her work at venues and festivals such as Ikon Gallery (Birmingham 2018), Anthony Burgess Foundation (Manchester 2018), Spirit of Gravity (Brighton 2017), Nawr (BBC Hall, Swansea 2017), Brighton Digital Festival (2018, 2017), Iklectik (London 2016), CTM (Berlin 2016), Dear Serge (De La Warr, Bexhill 2015), Culture Night (Dublin 2015), Earsthetic Festival (Brighton Dome 2013), at Tri XL (Antwerp 2010), Le Cube (Paris 2009), Ososphere Festival (Strasburg 2009), Electron Festival (Geneva 2008).

The result of her approach is presented in the form of sound recordings, live performances, short films and artworks.

_Artist statement

My practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology, as a compositional method, thus expanding the plastic dimension of voice and sound. I work at the intersection of creation and documentation, often taking for a point of departure, existing texts. I have developed an interest in artists who document their creative process and lives. This has led me to produce work from existing writings such as Louise Brooks ‘autobiographical book for Lulu in Suspension (2008) and Mary Queen of Scots’ extensive body of writing for Data Regina (2017). My work often deals with embodiment of feminine figures and multiple identity. I operate a digital transposition through a modified narrative, overlaying facts with fictions: placing myself in and out, re-enacting the narrative.

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