Gabi Schaffner / Visionary Documentarism


Gabi Schaffner works as an interdisciplinary artist in the field of visionary documentation, poetics and sound art. Media: Sound and radio, text, story telling and photography.

CV, Gabi Schaffner's Portfolio

2016 Radio Revolten diarist. Commissions by deutschlandfunk, and
 other international broadcasting companies
2015 Co-Productions with ABC Australia within the realm of poetics and radio play
2014 100 Days of Datscha Radio, field studies in Giessen – Hessia
2013 - Lectureship "Musik und Text" at the School for Music and New Media
2012 Founding of Datscha Radio Berlin
Lectureship for Audio Art at the Art School of Helsinki
2004-2007 Organization and curator of "Dada de Nada", Hamburg.

Experimental platform for music, literature and film
2003 Inhabitant of Lobo, a ghost town project in the highlands of Texas/USA
2001 Diploma photography/visual communication (summa cum laude)
1997 - Work as a storyteller
1994 Studies of photography at the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste. Hamburg
1993 Master of Arts. German and American Literature and Ethnology
1990 Studies at Vienna Poetry Academy. Courses with Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman
1985-1993 Studies in German and American Literature and Ethnology 
Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main

Grants / Awards
2017Media Lab Production Residency 2018, Madrid
2016Honorable Mention Phonurgia Nova Field Recording Award for "Hidden Places",
 narrated landscapes in Iceland and Australia, DLR 2016
2015Artist in Residence. Fljótstunga, Iceland

 Residency Bogong Center for Sound Cultures, Australia.
2014 Work Scholarship for 60 Day of Datscha Radio, Giessen. Ethnography meets radio on the lawns of a national garden show
2013 2nd  prize at Berliner Hörspielfestival for the radio play "Der Wahnsinn des Dokumentaristen [The Madness of the Documentarist]", Berlin
2012Award "Hörspiel des Monats", German Academy of the Arts for "Otto Mötö

Experimental platform for music, literature and film
2011Work Scholarship (Saari/Turku) Kone Foundation, Helsinki
radia artist of the year (for #309 show)
2009Aquitaine Scholarship (Bordeaux). Hessian Council of Literature
Artist in Residence (Helsinki), HIAP Helsinki
2005 Work Scholarship Kunstraum Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim/Hessia
2002 DAAD Travel Scholarship, Iceland
2001 Prize and Project Grant by the Karl-Ditze-Foundation, Hamburg for "Phenomena of Inner Topographies", an encyclopedia of imaginary landscapes
2000 Work Scholarship and Moldau Literature Grant, Krumau/Tschechien, both: Ministry for Sciences and Arts, Wiesbaden

Shows and Performances
2017 Dark Net Spiders Pilot Performance, Elektria, Hamburg
2016Matt Hatter's Garden. Sound installation. Radiorevolten, Halle
I am this Radio. Radio art installion. Galerie Herold, Bremen. 
Curated by Marion Bösen
2015Sometimes I think I can see you. Text performance. Within the frame of 
Mariano Pensotti's contribution to Ò ", curated by Akira Takayama.
2014 Music4Trains/The Fado Hour. Performance, text and intervention; freight train station Bremen. With Ansgar Wilken/Cello. Kunstfrühling Bremen
Westinghouse! Sound art piece. For "Alle Toten 2014", Volksbühne Berlin.
100 Days of Datscharadio. Research, intervention and exhibition. Public spaces, Giessen. A Visinha. Sound art performance with Paulo Raposo. Lisbon.
2013Karaoken Satumaa [Dreamland of Karaoke]. Video, reading and performance.
Bookfair Special, Frankfurt am Main
2012Music for Bathrooms and Toilet. Sound art installation. Lueften Festival, commissioned by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main.

2016Radiorevolten Diary. Halle. Ed. Knut Aufermann, Sarah Washington, Anna Friz.
2015 Der dritte Raum /The Third Space In: Spiegel; Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, Mathias Völcker.
2013-17Otto Mötö. Into the Universe of Finnish Motor Music. From the Archives of Martti Mauri. Biography, LP. (In preparation)
2012 Datscha Radio. 8 Days of Summer Garden Radio.Berlin.
2011Die seltsamen Visionen der Frau Nichtleicht [The Strange Visions of Ms. Difficult]. In: Horror Vacui. Ed. Romeo Gr¬ünfelder. ISBN 978-3-941644-23-6. Trespassing. In: Nathalie Grenzhaueser, Trespassing. Verlag für Kunst, 2011
Trash & Beauty. Exhibition Catalogue. 32 pages. Photography and CD. Gießen.
2012 Music for Bathrooms and Toilet. Sound art installation. Lueften Festival, commissioned by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main.


Schaffner CV

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