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 by 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 “Night Gardening“, Datscha Radio’s new series of broadcasts. Upcoming episode: „Fragrances and Frequencies“, 8th of August, from sunset to sunrise.

Other: Datscha Radio won the Award of the Free Project Spaces and Initiatives Berlin 2019.
„The Dog That Licked Up A Star“ was featured at the radio art festival Radiophrenia 2019.

2019Datscha Radio Taipei broadcast from Taiwan (Jan-Mar)
2018Un Jardín en el Aire. Datscha Radio Madrid in cooperation with Medialab Prado
2017Plots & 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, 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, Duesseldorf
2012 Founding of Datscha Radio. With Pit Schultz
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

2019Award of the Free Project Spaces and Initiatives Berlin for Datscha Radio (collectively with Kate Donovan, Xenia Helms and Helen Thein)
Treasure Hill Artist Residency Taipei, Taiwan
2018Medialab 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.
2014Work Scholarship for 60 Day of Datscha Radio, Giessen. Ethnography meets radio on the lawns of a national garden show
20132nd  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
[S solo; G group; R radio; T team]

2018Datscha 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]
2016Matt Hatter’s Garden. Sound installation. Radiorevolten, Halle [G]
I am this Radio. Radio art installation. Galerie Herold, Bremen. Curated by Marion Bösen [G]
2015Sometimes I think I can see you. Text performance. Within the frame of Mariano Pensotti’s contribution to “, curated by Akira Takayama [G]
2014Music4Trains/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 [T/R]
2013Karaoken Satumaa [Dreamland of Karaoke]. Video, reading and performance. Bookfair Special, Frankfurt am Main[T/R]
2012Music for Bathrooms and Toilets. 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 Berlin [T]
2011Road to Airport. Planket 2011: The Invisible. Curated by Hannah Goldstein. Stockholm/Berlin [G]
2009Death of a Mäyräkoira. HIAP, Cable Factory, Helsinki.[S]
2008Die Innenseite der Außenseiter II, allgirls berlin international (with Mathias Deutsch), Berlin [S]
2007Itse Tehty Elämä/Self-made Life. Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. Galerie Station (with Erkki Pirtola). Curated by Annette Gloser. Frankfurt/Main [S]
2006Die Innenseite der Außenseiter I. Elektrohaus, Hamburg. [S]
2005Déjà-Vues und Audiografien. Kunstraum Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim [S]
2004Phänomene der inneren Topografie/Wer sich beeilt, friert. Kunstnacht Friedrichshafen; Curated by Ulrike Shephart, Friedrichshafen [S]
2002Anagrams of War. Galerie Trottoir, Hamburg[S]


2018Plots & Prophecies – Parzellenprognosen. Broadcasting the garden in the anthropocene. Ed./au. Documentation. Datscha Radio 2017.
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 Grünfelder. Trespassing. In: Nathalie Grenzhaueser, Trespassing. Verlag für Kunst, 2011
Trash & Beauty. Exhibition Catalogue. 32 pages. Photography and CD. Gießen.
2012Music for Bathrooms and Toilets. CD. Lueften Festival, commissioned by Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main.
2009Square, 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
2008Topologien 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
2007Disorder(s) (photography). In: Kultur und Gespenster, Wirklich wahr Bd. IV. textem verlag. Hamburg
Finnische Ferien. In: Kultur und Gespenster, Bd. III, textem verlag. Hamburg
2005A 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
2004Schiefe Türme/La Defence. In: Die Große Arche. Exhibition catalogue Nathalie Granzhaueser. Forum 1922. Frankfurt/Main
2001Phänomene der inneren Topografie.[An encyclopedia of imaginary topographies] Edition galgenmaedchen. Hamburg