Gabi Schaffner works as an interdisciplinary traveling artist and curator within the fields of sound art, composition and visionary documentation. Central to her activities are communication, non-hierarchic perspectives and sharing.
Distance and locality are not just about geography. They define relations within cultures on multiple levels. They may vary or move, they may travel or change by travelling. Much of her art is dedicated to the twin star system of (cultural) distance and difference and its pitfalls.
In 2012 she founded Datscha Radio (with reboot.fm/Berlin), a temporary mobile radio station that focuses on the realms of gardening and ecology. Ethnographic fieldwork is combined with poetics, community work, sound art and transmission.
Since 2015, her artistic practice has expanded to include combinations of micro-radio installation, storytelling and improvised shows. Almost all works are geographically anchored and make use of the local sounds and voices.
Current work “Sneeze Fantasies”. Ground-breaking compositions in New (Pandemic) Music by the Italian composer Maurizia “Farfalla” Pucci. Commissioned by Deutschlandradio. November 2017.
“Electric Fairy Grounds”, a three-part radio “Dreaming” for Bogong Village, Mt. Beauty, Australia. On-site installation and radio play. April 2017
“Datscha Radio”. The radio station in a Berlin garden will get reactivated and broadcast 24/7 in early September 2017.