Janek Schaefer, Recording Drawing, 2013
Janek Schaefer, LCollecting Connections, 2013
Janek Schaefer, Lay-by Lullaby, 2013
Janek Schaefer, Love Song, 2003/13
Janek Schaefer, Collecting Connections, 2013
Janek Schaefer, Cover Versions 2013
Sculptural assemblage with digital film: Variable number of record covers covered
Janek Schaefer, Extended Play, 2007
Janek Schaefer, 'Collecting Connections', Gallery 1 and 2
The Agency is pleased to present a solo exhibition by award winning sound artist Janek Schaefer in Gallery 1 and 2.
A version of his seminal sonic installation 'Extended Play' [Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict] will be presented in Gallery 2.
In Gallery 1 a number of Schaefer's recent and new sound pieces, collages and inter-media sculptures can be seen in a curated context.
Schaefer's central concerns are sound and its environment. He utilises hybrid analogue and digital
techniques to manipulate location recordings, modified vinyl and foundsound to create evocative and
involving installations. Schaefer's sonic works are responsive and reactive within urban environments.
Schaefer's works have demonstrated an acute sensibility to the sonic aspects of utilitarian architecture,
such as abandoned supermarkets ('Asleep at The Wheel', 2010, International festival, Milton Keynes),
roofs on iconic public buildings ('Rapture' is a site-specific choreography performed on the undulating
roof-scapes of the Frank Gehry designed Fisher Center, New York, 2008) or simply the empty room
('Vacant Space', 2006, with Chris Watson and David Tinapple at the Bluecoat gallery and touring).
Schaefer's practice shows influences of the European strategies of Peter Weibel's Contextual Art ('Kontextkunst', 1993) and Nicholas Bourriaud
('Relational Aesthetics', 2002). In Britain Sonic art has been addressed largely as an extension of
musical composition although Schaefer's work can be read as a sonic mapping of contextual events
and surroundings, including the wider social aspects of his practice. His works take simple everyday
narratives as a starting point, for example a family connection as in 'Love Song' (2003/2013), an
exploration of all the female protagonists of one family brought together by the sound of their voices.
Seven voices of female members of one family from the age of 7 to 64 were recorded and overlap in
the subsequent piece, which is
. In 2008 he won the British Composer of the Year Award and the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers. While studying architecture at the Royal College of Art, he recorded the fragmented noises of a sound activated dictaphone travelling overnight through the Post Office. That work, titled 'Recorded Delivery' 1995 was shown in 'Self Storage' with Brian Eno and Artangel. "Janek Schaefer's first sound-work, 'Recorded Delivery', remains one of the wittiest and most interesting in the field of Sound Art. It is elegant, economical and clever, and makes me wish I'd thought of it first." Brian Eno . Since then Schaefer has had many sound releases, installations, created soundtracks for exhibitions and concerts using his self-built/invented record players with manipulated found sound collage. He has appeared widely throughout Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, ICA], USA/Canada [The Walker, XI, Mutek, Princeton], Japan, Sydney Opera House in Australia . He has featured alongside major artists in his field such as Christian Marclay. He has played in duos and released albums with Philip Jeck (Songs for Europe CD), Robert Hampson (Comae CD), Stephan Mathieu (Hidden Name CD) and Charlemagne Palestine [Day of the Demons LP].