' Janek Schaefer : Sound Art '
Retrospective exhibition of my sound based art from my 20 year career
Presented at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Dec 5th 2009 / Jan 17th 2010
Exhibition Tour Film
The Exhibition Catalogue : Now in stock here
Published by The Bluecoat June 2011
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Works in the show below:
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 2005
The Cloister Gallery
[architecture, photography, design and vinyl works 1991 to 2009]
Tri-Phonic Turntable 
& Duel Turntable 
[Triptych for the child survivors of war and conflict]
back in the 2nd half of the cloister gallery
Skate Random Play LP & Wow 7" & On/Off LP
[2000 - 2003]
CD & LP Design
[1999 - 2009]
[the last transmission]
a sound portrait of the nation
new site specific commission for the Bluecoat 2009
In Liverpool, on the 1st December 2009 the analogue TV signal was turned off at midnight.
The installation records the very last 24hrs of the five analogue TV channels as they were broadcast across the city.
This forms a sound portrait of a day in the life of the Britain, and reveals how we define ourselves through our channel hopping mass media.
It celebrates the first generation of television history at the switching point between analogue and digital culture.
In the gallery five TV cabinets and the surrounding walls the are boldly painted with vertical test card stripes in red green blue black & white.
The cabinets frame a collection of classic old TV sets with a blank white flickering screen.. Each TV plays the sound of a whole days
broadcast from one of the terrestrial channels. This is cut up into random length clips that are played back in shuffle mode, producing a
varied series of sound bites. Across the five sets this produces a cascade of jump cut sound sentences ricocheting around the gallery.
An infinite remix of space and time. A portrait of the nation.
Gallery 4 upstairs
Inner Space Memorial [for JG Ballard]
a DVD station showing short films about many of my projects
exhibition curated by Sara-Jayne Parsons - many thank you's
I first exhibited at 'The Young Unknowns Gallery' in London, 1989
Concert night is on Sat 9th Jan 7.30pm @ The Bluecoat
Philp Jeck + Vasco Alvo + Janek Schaefer
The Guardian pick of the week
Frieze Magazine exhibition review May 2010
Click to download
View 16 project short films from the last 16 years
at my Vimeo film library below