Biography

SABINE SCHÄFER

1957
born in Karlsruhe, Germany

lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany

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

ARTISTIC PRODUCTION

Since 2009
Additional: 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 (ongoing from 2009 as artist- couple <SA/JO>)

1994–2000
Solo Works: radiophonic sound art and experimental radio plays commissioned by WDR Cologne / Studio Akustische Kunst, DeutschlandRadio Kultur (DLR) Berlin, SWR Baden-Baden and other broadcasting stations

Since 1991
Solo Works: Realization of Space-soundInstallations, enterable and concert-based Space-soundBodies, Space-soundObjects and multimedia-based, staged sound installations, within the Space-soundArt Project „TopoPhonien“ (TopoPhonia)

VOLUNTEERISM

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

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)

1987-89
Tutor and, since 1989, assistant professor for improvisation at the University of Music Karlsruhe, since 2008 for training in creativity, additionally

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

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