Olivia Louvel

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a protest piece made with Pure Data

Show Me Yours

Following the vinyl release of “Doll Divider”, I have asked you to contribute to the playful 'Show Me Yours'. You’ve played, disguised yourself with the object, or simply posed and each time your photo arrived, I was enchanted! thank you. In its own way the artwork itself inspired such an idea. It was the first time my music was released as a vinyl object.

When I was little, I used to own a red “mange-disque” to play 7 inch, translating as a “eating-records device”, a portable record player which was literally wrecking the vinyl. It was great and cheap. I could have it anywhere following me. Then I used to make up cassette mix tapes, my father was working at the time for Agfa-Gevaert so I could get lots of tapes for free, it was brilliant…I was taping from the radio, my taste was pretty poor at that age, lots of it would be embarrassing now but of course it doesn’t matter, I was making my own tape and that was fun. (By the way, how on earth was I supposed to know that “Relax” wasn’t a song about… relaxing?).

Then at the age of 17, I used to go to the audio library (La Sonotheque) taping contemporary vocal music such as Cathy Berberian performing Berio or Cage.

It’s only recently that I realised I was a child of the cassette tape. My late mother was actually working for Ampex as well as being a fine artist and my father had worked all his life for Agfa-Gevaert until he was made redundant. It is all about tapes, films and microfilms. I was bound to record. or become a spy.

Ampex produced early tape recorders and 8 tracks recorders still highly cherished in today’s studios. From 1966-1967, Ampex FR-900 drives were used to videotape the first images of the Earth from the Moon. Agfa manufactured various analogue and digital imaging products. In 1936, color photography was ready for the mass market. In 1959, they launched the first fully automatic 35mm camera.

Whilst I was recently decluttering, I found some blank Agfa tapes in a box. I began toying with the idea of releasing a limited edition cassette tape.
Coincidentally I discussed the tape thing with Paul and I found out that when Paul began to work for Mute Records, one of his main activities was to duplicate promotional tapes, they had 10 machines so they could duplicate very rapidly, but the cassette covers were a “bloody nightmare”.

I am very grateful to all the people who have taken part in the diaporama. It has become an interactive experience. My “Processed Dolls” paintings were meant to travel and they have managed to do so in the form of a vinyl record, wandering around the world. Enjoy the record, enjoy the object.

The 'Show Me Yours' will be regularly updated as soon as more pictures are sent. You can post your picture on Olivia Louvel’s Facebook music page or you can send it to info@catwerkimprint.com.

12-inch LP Doll Divider

http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_01Pierre Belouin.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_Black Sifichi-1024x768.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_Black Sifichi 2-1024x768.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_05Alice Kendall.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_06Petra Ronnholm.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_07Agnes Combes.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_08Celeste .jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_09Rastislav Ralf sevcik.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_10Bernard Van Isacker.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_11Raffaella Bong.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_12Sander Lelieveld.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_13Foodhead Johan Jacobsson.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_14Ruslan Tagirov.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_15Daniel Meier&Pocket Uti.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_16Francesca Dambrosio.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_Paul Kendall.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_18Pierre Belouin copy.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_20Oliver Thiede.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_21Tania Lenina.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_22Sandra Gilliom.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_23Bruno Ouvrein.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_Julia Brightly 2.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_26Thomas Köckeis.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_28Daniela Vilu.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_27Daniela Vilu.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_29Alice Kendall.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_30Alex Fernandes.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_31Michael J Sheehy.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_32Marie Destandau_v2.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_33Markus Detmer.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_34 jlm aka Norscq.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_35 Marie Tippex-Duncan.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_36Xavier Dunwich copy.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_37Flavio Morais.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_39 Lewis Querelle.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_39 Melita Dennett.jpg
http://olivialouvel.com/files/gimgs/th-71_40 Jicé Ho.jpg