David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA. He has recently participated in LaLaLand at Tent Gallery at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Radio Break, Organized by USC Roski School of Fine Art. Los Angeles, CA.
In 2010, he permanently installed “Separated United Forms” at the Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA, and participated in conjunction with the Whitney Biennial with “What Should a Museum Sound Like?”, a sound performance and sculpture. Schafer is currently a visiting assistant professor at University of California at Riverside and University of Southern California and was recently a visiting critic for the Cornell Art and Architecture Program in New York. He has previously taught at SVA, Cooper Union, Rutgers, and Parsons in New York and Otis, Cal Arts, and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA.
David Schafer performs under the moniker of DSE. This is also a platform for the production of and dissemination of electronic noise, processed recordings, live signal manipulation, no-input feedback, and voice. This includes live sound performances, collaborations, programming events, sound/transmission kiosks, and sculptures. Dissemination and emission of sonic material encompass multiple formats including; live radio transmission, mp3 download sites, CD’s, posters, records, and cassette formats. Utilizing both analogue and digital source material and processing techniques, DSE processes source material and data emphasizing an attack on the structural authority of intelligibility, in language and sonic/spatial orientation.
Focusing on the decay and mutability of signal, DSE performs both improvisational and composed events and works. Schafer has recently performed at L.A.C.E. in Los Angeles, CA, and Roulette, in Brooklyn, NY. Between 2009-2011, Schafer was with the noise collective MDSE and performed at venues in and around New York. David Schafer is currently living and working in Los Angeles since 2012.