Olivia Louvel / Digital Music and Sound Arts MA

‘The Sculptor Speaks’ is a resounding of a 1961 tape of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth. The tape’s initial purpose was for a pre-recorded talk with slides for the British Council. Having unearthed the tape at the British Library, Olivia Louvel has designed for it a complete new sound environment. Fascinated by the interplay of voice and sculpture, her practice is built upon a long-standing exploration of the voice, sung or spoken, and its manipulation through digital technology. Visually, Louvel draws from Hepworth’s singular sculptural relationship to the landscape of Cornwall. Emerging from the seascape, a geometric line is being slowly drawn, completing a full meditative cycle. Initially broadcast on Resonance Extra as a version 1.0 [transmission], this audio-visual iteration [contactless] is for the digital realm and will be followed by a gallery [installation] in the future.