2012 - ongoing
Datscha Radio is a mobile, site-responsive transmission project maintained and organized by Gabi Schaffner in collaboration with local and digital networks of sound (and radio) artists, gardeners, scientists and DIY people. Datscha Radio uses “the garden” as both metaphor and method to organize knowledge and different (cultural) concepts of growth.
Datscha Radio was founded in 2012 in collaboration with net activist Pit Schultz. In August we staged a week of radio art events broadcasting 24/8 directly from my allotment garden. Transmissions were done via streaming and micro-FM transmitters. In 2014, then titled „100 Days of Datscha Radio: Compost & Poesis“, the project travelled to the national garden show in Giessen. For 100 days Datscharadio investigated German garden culture – together with artists, guests and gardeners and an experimental audio compost station.
In August 2017 Datscha Radio broadcast again from my garden and was realised with four other radio makers: Kate Donovan, Suki Sahnto Osman, Verena Kuni, Niki Matita. This time, under the title Plots & Prophecies, we explored issues and discourses around the "anthropocene". Each radio day was dedicated to a different topic, yet all of them combined artistic research,
In February/March 2018 I was invited by the Medialab Prado, Madrid. The residency involved research and documentation work on local gardens as well as the realisation of a Madrid Datscha Radio off-shoot: Un jardín en el aire.
When not actively on air Datscha Radio is maintained (since 2015) as a blog documenting and assembling the ecological, artistic and garden-related issues encountered during my travels. The outcome - interviews, talks, essays, photographic documentation and botanical excursions - flowed and flows into past and future radio art projects.
Datscha Radio's unique combination of discourse, artistc practise, event and (partly nomadic) radio making creates a platform for sharing and communicaton that facilitates not only my own work but also the work of other artists and radio makers.
For full documentation of this project please visit datscharadio.de