Biography

SABINE SCHÄFER, 1957 born in Karlsruhe, Germany. Lives and works as media artist and composer in Karlsruhe. From 1997-2013, acting as artist-couple, together with Joachim Krebs. Since 2014, beyond the veil of Joachim Krebs, the Studio <SA/JO> is continued by Sabine Schäfer

Sabine Schäfer, 2017 Photo: Anna-Maria Letsch

ARTISTIC PRODUCTION

Since 2017, Development of interactive grafic reproductions with Audio QR Codes
Since 2009, Development of audio video installations as well as enterable event spheres consisting of spatial-sound-microscopics of fauna and “four-dimensional” LED-color light
1998–2013, Productions by the artist-duo Sabine Schäfer / Joachim Krebs> in the fields of spatial sound compositions and installations, sound light art and radiophonic sound art
1994–2000, Radiophonic sound art and experimental radio plays commissioned by WDR Cologne / Studio Akustische Kunst, DeutschlandRadio Kultur (DLR) Berlin, SWR Baden-Baden and other radio stations
Since 1991, Realization of Space-soundInstallations, enterable and concert-based Space-soundBodies, Space-soundObjects and multimedia-based, staged sound installations, within the Space-soundArt Project „TopoPhonien“

VOLUNTEERISM

Since 2018 Member of the board of the Section Media Art and Photography of the GEDOK Karlsruhe
2005–2008 Foundation and editorial directorship of the online radio “DEGEM WebRadio @ ZKM”
2004–2008 Member of the board of the German Society for Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM)

PUBLICATIONS ON THE ARTISTIC WORK (selection)

2008
„Deleuze and the Sampler as Audio-Microscope“ (Coauthor Joachim Krebs) in: Philosophical Reflections on Recorded Music, Middlesex University Press London.

2007
„TopoSonic Arts“ (German/Engl.), CD supplement: portrait on the artist duo Sabine Schäfer/Joachim Krebs, production by Deutschlandfunk Cologne (DLF) 2007, Ed. Kehrer Heidelberg.

2003
“Sound – Time – Space – Movement: the Space-soundInstallations of the artist-couple <sabine schäfer / joachim krebs” in: “Organised Sound” Vol.8, No.2 Cambridge University Press, UK.

1994/2007
„TopoPhonien“ (German/Engl.) containing articles by Helga de la Motte-Haber, Ludger Hünnekens, Dieter Daniels, Rudolf Frisius, Wolfgang Rihm, and others, Ed. Kehrer Heidelberg.

ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENTS / RESEARCH

2017
Development of interactive grafic reproductions with Audio QR-Codes

2015
Development of a spatialization control for the sound pavilion The Morning Line
Software design, programming: Jannis Lehnert

1993–1996
Artistic scientific assistant for supporting the computer controlled grand piano by Bösendorfer (main subject: transcriptions of the „Studies for Player Piano“ by Conlon Nancarrow) at the University of Music Karlsruhe

1991–1996
COMPUTER-CONTROLLED PLAYER PIANOS

1991
Research project: Comparative studies on computer-controlled pianos in collaboration with Alcedo Coenen, musicologist Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam on behalf of the Institute of Sonology, The Hague (NL), Clarence Barlow / Publication: Computer Music Journal, vol. 16 no. 4

1990–1992
Development and construction of the first prototypes for spatial sound control at the Institute of Music and Acoustic of the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), in co-operation with the University Karlsruhe (TH, nowadays KIT)
1991 TopoPhonien II: first 16-channel, concert sound space installation
1992 Construction of the 24-channel system “Topoph24” for spatial sound control
1992„TopoPhonicZones“: first 16- and 23-channel, enterable sound space bodies
1994/95 Development of a keyboard-controlled MIDI interface for spatial sound control
1999
Construction of the 32-channel, fully digitalized Space-sound control system “Topoph40D”
Till 2002
Productions with this system within the artistic work by <sabine schäfer/joachim krebs>

TopoPhonien – common information:
Sabine Schäfer: artistic concept, composition, production
Sukandar Kartadinata: technical direction and system design, www.glui.de
Publication: „TopoPhonien“ Ed. Kehrer Heidelberg
Original website TopoPhonien, designed in 1994: www.sajo-art.de/main-en.html

1989–1992
The Space-sound Art Project „TopoPhonien“ (TopoPhonia)

1988–1989
Development of the artistic concept / DAAD grant for CCRMA Stanford, USA and other computer music centers

1988–1989
Studies on the artistic application of system-exclusive data using the MIDI protocol; research project within a post graduate grant by the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

EDUCATION / TEACHING

Studied piano and composition at the University of Music Karlsruhe: composition with Mathias Spahlinger and Wolfgang Rihm / master’s degree in 1992, improvisation “Gruppe Kreative Musik” with Eugen Werner Velte, piano with Günter Reinhold

1989
Grantee of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); studies at computer music centers in the U.S.A. (CCRMA, Stanford Cal.) and in the Netherlands (STEIM Amsterdam, Institute of Sonology The Hague)

1987/88
Post graduate grant by the State of Baden-Württemberg. Studies on the significance of micro-tonality in electronic music

Since 1989
Assistant professor for improvisation at the University of Music Karlsruhe, since 2008 for training in creativity, additionally

2015
Guest lecturer at the University of Arts (HBK) Bern, Schwitzerland.

ARTISTIC WORK AS A COMPOSER-PERFORMER

1987/88
„ULUDAG“ Art-Rock-Projekt a. o. with Werner Cee (b) und Peter Hollinger (dr)

1984-1991
Foundation of the polymedia-based group “PANTA RHEI” together with the composer and violin player Helmut Bieler-Wendt; numerous performances at exhibition openings, concerts as well as developments of interdisciplinary projects

1983-1986
Concerts and performances of the group “KPACHODAPCK“ with the fine artist Ralf de Moll und the improvisation musician Helmut Bieler-Wendt

1982-1990
Interdisciplinary projects with the painter and performance artist Sibylle Wagner