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Janek Schaefer

Artist/Composer/Entertainerat Creative-Consultancy.com
United Kingdom
Focus area: Architecture, Computer Music, Electroacoustic Music, Sonification, Cultural Practices, Social Practice, Ecology, Environment, Environmental Art, Eco Art, Land Art, Experimental Music, Fine Arts 3D, Music, Musicology, Photography, Sculpture, Spacial, Sound, Acoustics

Artist, composer, entertainer, and professor, Janek Schaefer was born in England to Polish and Canadian parents in 1970. 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’ was made for the ‘Self Storage’ exhibition [Time Out critics choice] with Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson and Artangel.
Since then the multiple aspects of sound became his focus, resulting in many site-specific installations, sonic sculptures, exhibition & dance soundtracks, albums, and immersive performances, using his self built devices with manipulated foundsound collage, exploring new realms of sound, space, and place.. with well over 30 albums to date. 
He has exhibited, lectured, and performed in 30 countries, for over 30 years throughout Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, ICA, Strasbourg Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art], USA/Canada, [Walker Art Center, Mutek, Princeton, XI], Japan, and Australia [Sydney Opera House]. His concerts and installations explore the spatial and architectural aspect that sound can evoke and the twisting of old and new technology. The context of each idea is central to its development and resolution, often exploring themes of appropriation, accident, & alteration. 
In 2008 he won a Paul Hamlyn Award & the British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art. The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool exhibited a Retrospective of his career to date in 2009. UK 'Best Mobile DJ' Winner 2020 Event Entertainment Awards. He is represented by the Agency gallery London, is Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit, and in 2020 started his mentoring and coaching creative-consultancy.com

Journal Articles:

AudiOh!: Appropriation, Accident and Alteration

December 2001