Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

The Eros Effect, Bridge Red Project Space. Miami, Florida, November 2018

Pink and Blue, Project at Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, March 2018

Dermis, audio CD edition, curated by Richard Garet, Contour Editions

Sound Positions, Context Art Fair, Miami Art Basel

Geweih Ritual cassette release of remixed Hex Horizontal tracks, Los Angeles, 2017

Psychic Liberation: Fine Arts Sound Lab Makes Waves of Noise, DOT magazine, by Solvej Schou

More Light, at JOAN, Los Angeles. Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Not Quite Underground, Curated by Mike Smith for Muenster Sculpture Project, Muenster, Germany

Noise Action, Island of Misfit Toys 27, La Cita Bar, Los Angeles, 2017

Notes from Sub-Underground, a compilation of music, sound, and ephemera in protest of Inauguration Day

Yale Radio interview with Brainard Carey

Istanbul Art Fair, Space Debris Gallery

NADA Art Fair, New York, Five Car Garage (cd only)

Seattle Art Fair, Diane Rosenstein Gallery

DBY Records cassette release, Czech Republic, 2016

Siren, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, January 22 – March 18, 2016

Curate LA: A Conversation with Five Car Garage’s Emma Gray, January 21, 2016

Instanbul Art Fair, exhibited with Space Debris, Instanbul, December 2015

Peace, Love, Freedom, Happiness, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, December 12, 2015 – January 16, 2016

Live Webcast on Ear Meal, LAartstream, May 6, 2015

“Models of Disorder,” a solo show of work produced between 2000 and 2012, at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, 831 No. Highland, Los Angeles, CA. January 31 – March 14, 2015

Schoenberg Soundways, A three part dissemination of Arnold Schoenberg’s work through multiple formats and venues on USC campus. March 2-7, 2015

DSE Live Performance at Human Resources LA, as part of noise celebrations with Bastard Noise, Witches of Malibu, Amps for Christ, Relay for Death, Jason Wade, and Conscious Summary. January 10, 2015

USC Visions and Voices Arts Initiative Grant Award For the Schoenberg Soundways, a three part dissemination of Arnold Schoenberg’s work through multiple formats and venues on USC campus, Los Angeles, March, 2014

In Exile, Curated Seyhan Musaoglu, Space Debris, Istanbul, Turkey

The Stranger That is Next to Me, Curated by Brandon LaBelle, Live Radio Performance, Echoes Place,, Lisbon, Spain; Audio Diffusion, Errant Bodies, Berlin, Germany

Noiseconomy, Printed Matter, New York, NY, 2014

Deferred Action, Silent Barn, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2014

Dewey Ambrosino, David Galbraith, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, David Schafer, Sam Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. January 11 – February 8

Verklarte Nacht Processed, Live performance, Studio 10 Gallery, NY. December 2013

Dermis, curated by Richard Garet for Dominique Balay’s online radio program “websynradio,” Paris, France, 2013

FOUR LETTERS TO MAHLER, Studio10, Bushwick, New York, NY, 2013

INTERSIST, Live performance and sound series. David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2013

MATÉ, Sound Festival at Invisible Dog. Organized by Richard Garet. Brooklyn, NY

David Schafer’s DSE 12 month live noise CD project is completed and available for download and purchase at the following digital distribution sites: iTunes, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, bandcamp, CD Baby.

WORKSHOP: CalArts Practicum “Supersonic” sound art installation. January, 2013.

METROPOLIS, Mention in interview with Machine Histories. December 14, 2012.

METROPOLIS, Q&A on Point of View Blog. December 14, 2012.

YANN MARUSSICH: Bleu with David Schafer and Dominick Fernow, Performance at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA. August, 2012

FIX-IT-UP TOO, exhibition and silent auction supporting SASSAS, Los Angeles, CA. August, 2012

120 HOURS FOR JOHN CAGE, “Staticage”, live radio stream on free103point9 and broadcast on WGXC 90.7, organized by Transmissionarts and the John Cage Trust. 2012.

MUSICIRCUS, DSE performaned as part of MUSICIRCUS at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY.

NEURO, April 20, 2012 – Control Room, Los Angeles, CA. Night of noise including DSE, Chelsea Rector, Two Legged, Pedestrian Deposit, Damion Romero. Organized by David Schafer.

Radio Break, April 14-27, 2012 – Two weekends of Artists’ low-power radio transmissions and live performances. Curated by USC Roski School of Fine Arts, M.A. Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere 2012.

What Should An Astronaut Painter Do?, March 10-April 28, 2012. Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA. Curated by Roger Dickes

UEBA/Roundabout Studio 10, Brooklyn, NY. Forthcoming 2012.

LaLaLand“, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. Curated by Kristina King. Forthcoming Spring 2012.

David Schafer Sound Archive. The SOMN Archive in Murcia, Spain, has accepted my catalog of sound works into their archive. at Glendale College Art Gallery, organized by Andy Alexander. The exhibition will involve a unique new forum for artists to provide feedback on one another’s work. December, 2011.

Lecture at Cornell University
Art Department, September 2011

Lecture at Pratt Institute
Sculpture Department, October, 2011

Floating Points” Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY. Collaboration with Stephan Moore of the Issue Project Room and Volume (IV), an improvising quartet featuring electroacoustic harpist Shelley Burgon, turntablist Maria Chavez, laptop artist Stephan Moore and electroacoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe.

Chain Letter” Curated by Doug Harvey and Christian Cummings. Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA, CA

Bodies in Space blog feature artist. July-August. Curated by MA Greenstein

Site of Sound 2: of Architecture and the Ear
Edited by Brandon LaBelle and Claudio Matinho

Sad Pavilion, What Should A Museum Sound Like?, x10R.1 & 2 CD’s are now available at Printed Matter Bookstore, NYC

Separated United Forms Book Review for Amazon by Jenn Joy, Visiting Lecturer RISD

LOL: A Decade of Antic Art, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
. June 10 – September 4, 2011

Collective Show: Cruise, School Nite at the Old School 233 Mott Street, NY, NY. A Project by THE THEY CO. in participation with the Festival of Ideas for the New City, organized by THE NEW MUSEUM.

“Site of Sound Volume 2″, edited by Brandon LaBelle, published by Errant Bodies, forthcoming release 2011, includes a chapter on my recent sound works.

Book Launch
“Separated United Forms”, Charta Art Books

Book launch party at Mandrake in Los Angeles, February 27th 8:00PM. DJ set by Jan Tumlir and DS with video animation.

CD Releases
“What Should A Museum Sound Like?”, David Schafer
“Sad Pavilion”, MDSE
{SØNiK}Fest”, MDSE (forthcoming)

Lecture at Syracuse University
Department of Art, late April 2011

Lecture at Irvine
Department of Studio Art
University of California, Irvine
Art Culture and Technology, late February 2011

Visiting Critic
Cornell University
Art and Architecture Program, NY
Spring 2011


For this project I contributed to Shelley Burgon’s, “Eradinus – A Path of Souls, Sound Chandelier Constellation” at Splatterpool, Brooklyn, NY, late March 2011.

MASS MoCA / Cabinet

“An Exchange With Sol Lewitt”, curated by Regine Basha. The exhibition will be on view at MASS MoCA from January 22, 2011-March 31, 2011, and on view at Cabinet from January 20, 2011-February 19, 2011.
For this project I read Sol Lewitt’s “Sentences on Conceptual Art” and mixed the recording through effects pedals, a vocoder, and an effects board.

VOLUME / 323 Projects

“from one side to the other, I’ve dreamed that too”

323 Projects is a telephone gallery that can be accessed by calling 323-843-4652. The exhibition will be from December 20, 2010 – January 17, 2011. Curated by Robert Crouch. For this project I read excerpts of Eve Sedgwick’s “Binary Calculus” and mixed the recording through effects pedals, a vocoder, and an effects board.

Collective Show 2010
The Silver ShedParticipant INC

Collective Show is an artist-organized exhibition of contemporary art collectives. It is a collaboration between artist-run space Silvershed and not-for-profit space Participant INC

2/20 Gallery

A group exhibition curated by Anthony Troncale at 2/20 Gallery. Opened September 2, 2010.

Day Job
The Drawing Center
Alfred Steiner

I will be part of a collaboration with Alfred Steiner, a participant in the Drawing Center’s next exhibition, “Day Job” which will open December 10, 2010 – February 3, 2011.


soundShoppe @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a monthly unstructured sound workshop/noise jam for experimental musicians and sound artists presented by SASSAS and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. I performed as DSE with six others for two hours as part of soundShoppe on August 22, 2010.

“Separated United Forms”, edited by Lisa Mark, published by Charta Books, forthcoming release 2011

Crawdaddy! The Online Journal of Music, forthcoming review of the Transparency Label, featuring a short text on “x10R.1/2″

{SØNiK}Fest 2.0, live performance including individual sets by David Schafer(DSE), MeKaniKdolls(MD) and a set together as MDSE, BronxArtSpace, July 2010, Bronx, NY, curated by Seyhan Musaoglu.

Sad Pavilion, live performance including individual sets by David Schafer(DSE), MeKaniKdolls(MD) and a set together as MDSE, Mildred’s Lane, June 2010, Scranton, PA, curated by Bret Schneider.

Scores, Diapason, December 2010, Brooklyn, NY

What Should a Museum Sound Like?, sound performance, April 23, 2010, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, NY.

Materia, Cabinet Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, Opens April 21, 2010, Organized by Suzanne Stroebe and Matthew Wilson. Materia is an exhibition that involves collaborations between artists and health care workers. Collaboration between David Schafer (artist), and Michelle Stroebe (nutritionist).

EcoArtSpace, Exit Art, New York, NY, Opens April 15, 2010.

Harvard, guest lecturer, Cambridge, MA, March 29, 2010.

4.01162010, MVSEVM, Chicago, IL. Curated by Bret Schneider. Opened January 16, 2010.

Think Pink, Sarah Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL. Curated by Beth de Woody. February 13-March 20, 2010.

LREI Art Auction March, 2010.

Site as Sound, book and CD forthcoming, edited by Brandon LaBelle
Featuring six sound pieces and related essay.

Separated United Forms, Book, LA, CA
This book presents theoretical and technological development for the public sculpture “Separated United Forms”, distributed RAM Publishing.

New Editions Art: print edition, LA, CA
An edition of a suite of prints representing language.

Implausible Structures, Castlebraid, Brooklyn, NY.
Curated by Suzanne Stroebe, included in the Brooklyn Artillery Art Fair.

Implausible Structures, Video Screening, Castlebraid, Brooklyn, NY.
Three Stooges “How High Is Up?”, 1940, will be screened, as part of the event.

Mildreds Lane, Home Listening, curated by Brett Schneider, Scranton, PA.
Pre-recorded and Live sound performance as part of a group sound event held at night on the grounds of Mildred’s Lane.

Two of the Beatles Have Died, Grand Parade, Brighton, UK.
This project involved the remixing of an original song about The Beatles, for an audio exhibition in Manchester, England.

Visionary Drawings, Harvard Incident Report Viewing Station, Mass MOCA, MA. Exhibition, curated by Matt Bau, and included in book “Drawing Building”.

Full Screen: Six Data Points in the Image, School of Visual Arts, NY.
Curated by Jeff Edwards.

Scores, Lawrimore Gallery, Seattle, WA.
Curated by VOLUME Projects.

Endurance: Visualizing Time, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abington Art Center: PA.
Curated by Sue Spaid.

Separated United Forms, One Percent for the Arts, public sculpture, Pasadena, CA
Opening Reception October 17, 2009.

Pinkslips, George Adams Gallery, NYC
Exhibition of part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design, to demonstrate solidarity for laid-off faculty.

MoCA Benefit Auction: LA, CA

Yale School of Architecture, Guest critic for Joel Sanders class.
Joel’s class was presenting work that dealt with technology and the body.

Lament, Web based sound project for Viralnet and Calarts, CA
30-second audio piece that included the superimposing and remixing of excerpts from Michael Bolton, Kenny G, and Yanni.

I Want Your Texts…, United Nations Plaza Radio Network in Berlin reading project, by Karl Holmqvist

“In the Year 2525, Web based sound collaborative project, Radio Grenouille, Marseille
Live reading of  the lyrics for “In The Year 2525 Remix”, in addition to playing the remixed audio version.