Gabi Schaffner

Radio & Sound Art | Text | Performance

schaffner@schaffnerin.net


CV

Gabi Schaffner works as an interdisciplinary artist in the field of visionary documentation, poetics and sound art. Traveling forms a vital part of her artistic practice – as a source for sound and language recordings but also as “a rite of passage” enabling the artist to explore alternative narrative structures.

Her works in the field of sound and radio art have been broadcast internationally, including commissions for Deutschlandradio, SWR, ABC Australia and many more. Besides radio she has realized site-specific projects and exhibitions in India, Australia, Iceland, Spain, Finland and France.
She lives in Berlin.
Current work “Un Jardín en el Aire“, bilingual documentation of Datscha Radio Madrid for Medialab Prado; „Arbeitsplatz“, 10 anagrammatische Kurz-Kompositionen zur Arbeitswelt.

CV, Gabi Schaffner's Portfolio

2018

Un Jardín en el Aire. Datscha Radio Madrid in cooperation with Medialab Prado

2017

Plots & Prophecies. Radio Gardening in the Anthropocene. A five-day festival of radio art and performance broadcast straight from a Berlin garden. With Kate Donovan, Verena Kuni, et al.

2016

Radio Revolten diarist. Commissions by deutschlandfunk, radia.fm 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

2017

Media Lab Production Residency 2018, Madrid

2016

Honorable Mention Phonurgia Nova Field Recording Award for "Hidden Places", narrated landscapes in Iceland and Australia, DLR 2016

2015

Artist 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

2012

Award "Hörspiel des Monats", German Academy of the Arts for "Otto Mötö
Experimental platform for music, literature and film

2011

Work Scholarship (Saari/Turku) Kone Foundation, Helsinki
radia artist of the year (for #309 show)

2009

Aquitaine 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
[S solo; G group; R radio; T team]

2018

Datscha Radio Madrid. Radio station/Participative event. Medialab Prado/In-Sonora, Madrid. 23th March. [T]

Los Parques (Twittering Presences)|Adopta una Planta. Sound performance/Participative event. Medialab Prado, Madrid. 17th March. [S]

Resounding Bangalore Pilot Sound installation/performance. Titanik Gallery, Finland. Hosted by the Kone Foundation Saari. 13th February [S]

2017

Fazoletto per un Eternitá (Handkerchief for an Eternity). Commission deutschlandfunk kultur. Biography and sneeze music composition for the ArsAcousticaGroup project “Tracing Pjotr Zak”. DLF 1. December 2017 [R]

Dark Net Spiders Anagram Performance, Elektria, Hamburg [G]

2016

Matt Hatter's Garden. Sound installation. Radiorevolten, Halle [G]
I am this Radio. Radio art installion. Galerie Herold, Bremen. Curated by Marion Bösen [G]

2015

Sometimes I think I can see you. Text performance. Within the frame of Mariano Pensotti's contribution to "Evakuieren.de, curated by Akira Takayama [G]

2014

Music4Trains/The Fado Hour. Performance, text and intervention; freight train station Bremen. With Ansgar Wilken/Cello. Kunstfrühling Bremen [S]

Westinghouse!Sound art piece. For "Alle Toten 2014", Volksbühne Berlin. [G/R]

100 Days of Datscharadio. Research, intervention and exhibition. State Garden Show, Giessen [G/S]

2013

Karaoken Satumaa [Dreamland of Karaoke]. Video, reading and performance. Bookfair Special, Frankfurt am Main [T/R]

2012

Music for Bathrooms and Toilet. Sound art installation. Lueften Festival, commissioned by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main.[G]

Datscha Radio 8 Days of Summer Garden Radio. With Pit Schultz, in cooperation with reboot.fm. Berlin [T]

2011

Road to Airport. Planket 2011: The Invisible. Curated by Hannah Goldstein. Stockholm/Berlin [G]

2008

Die Innenseite der Außenseiter II, allgirls berlin international (with Mathias Deutsch), Berlin [S]

2007

Itse Tehty Elämä/Self-made Life. Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Galerie Station (with Erkki Pirtola), Frankfurt/Main [S]

2006

Die Innenseite der Außenseiter I. Elektrohaus, Hamburg

2005

Déjà-Vues und Audiografien. Kunstraum Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim [S]

2004

Phänomene der inneren Topografie/Wer sich beeilt, friert. Kunstnacht Friedrichshafen; Curated by Ulrike Shephart, Friedrichshafen [S]

2002

Anagrams of War. Galerie Trottoir, Hamburg[S]


Publications

2018

Plots & Prophecies – Parzellenprognosen. Broadcasting the garden in the anthropocene. Ed./au. Documentation. Datscha Radio 2017.

2016

Radiorevolten Diary. Halle. Ed. Knut Aufermann, Sarah Washington, Anna Friz.

2015

Der dritte Raum /The Third Space. In: Spiegel; Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, Mathias Völcker.

2013-17

Otto 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.

2011

Die seltsamen Visionen der Frau Nichtleicht [The Strange Visions of Ms. Difficult]. In: Horror Vacui. Ed. Romeo Grünfelder.

Trespassing. In: Nathalie Grenzhaueser, Trespassing. Verlag für Kunst, 2011

Trash & Beauty. Exhibition Catalogue. 32 pages. Photography and CD. Gießen.

2012

Music for Bathrooms and Toilets. CD. Lueften Festival, commissioned by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main.

2009

Square, Circle and Amoebae – Possible models of field recording and the auratic fake. In: Not Berlin and not Shanghai. Ed. M. Schieren, K. Einfeldt. Transcript Verlag 2009

2008

Topologien des Imaginären: Unter der Nullglocke [Under the Zerodome]. With Nathalie Grenzhaeuser. In: insert. Zehn Kooperationen zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft. Ed. Amalia Barboza. Frankfurt/Main: Gutleut Verlag, Frankfurt, 2008

2007

Disorder(s) (photography). In: Kultur und Gespenster, Wirklich wahr Bd. IV. textem verlag. Hamburg

Finnische Ferien. In: Kultur und Gespenster, Bd. III, textem verlag. Hamburg

2005

A bird a ghost a machine. Essay. In: Gruenrekorder Audio Art Compilation #2 (CD), Frankfurt

Narzissen, 4 Recitals. textem verlag. Hamburg

Finnish Snow-Walks & Dances (LP). Gruenrekorder, Frankfurt/Main

2004

Schiefe Türme/La Defence. In: Die Große Arche. Exhibition catalogue Nathalie Granzhaueser. Forum 1922. Frankfurt/Main

2001

Phänomene der inneren Topografie.[An encyclopedia of imaginary topographies] Edition galgenmaedchen. Hamburg



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