Gabi Schaffner
Radio & Sound Art | Poetics | Performance


I work as an interdisciplinary, traveling artist and curator within the fields of sound art, composition and visionary documentation. Central to my activities are communication, non-hierarchical perspectives and sharing.

My approach owes much to ethnographic practice: taking notes, academic research, assembling talks and interviews, documentating in photography and audio recordings. The written and spoken word forms another integral part of my work with an emphasis on experimental narrative structures and alternative modes of knowledge distribution: cut-up collages, magic realism, performance lectures, radio. For a number of projects I use alter egos, for instance the personage of a musical anthropologist. The aim of my work is to create fields and atmospheres that allow a re-evaluation of such terms like "the self" and "the other".

In 2012 I co-founded Datscha Radio, a temporary mobile radio station that focuses on sound art related to "gardening" in its widest sense. Ethnographic fieldwork is combined with poetics, community work, experiment and transmission.
In 2015 I became the sole organiser of Datscha Radio which since then has experienced changing collaborations in different countries.

Parallel to this increasing involvement in the radio art scene my artistic practice has expanded to include topographic radio walks, community based performances and improvised live radio. Almost all of these works are geographically anchored and make use of the local sounds and voices.