Scheffler, Rike

Rike Scheffler © Valerie Schmidt

Rike Scheffler, born in 1985, works transdisciplinarily in fields of poetry, performance, installation and music. She studied psychology in Berlin and literary writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. With her poetry collection der rest ist resonanz (kookbooks, 2014), she won the 2016 Orphil Debut Prize for political and avant-garde writing. She has received numerous grants and fellowships (e.g. on the part of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, the Brandenburg Gate Foundation, the Academy of Arts Berlin, the artists’ houses Edenkoben, Schreyahn, and Wewelsfleth, as well as the Goethe Institutes Bengaluru, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, London, Reykjavík, and Singapore). Her poems have been translated into 9 languages to date. Scheffler is currently working on her 2nd poetry collection, which will be published by kookbooks in the fall of 2022. Poetry for her is a space of possibility, a transformative practice. She often develops performances and immersive word & sound installations from her poems. For this she uses her voice, loop machine, synthesizer, o-tones and effect devices as instruments. Scheffler performs at literary and music festivals around the globe, collaborates with Ólafur Elíasson’s Institute for Spatial Experiments for international workshops and performance series, and has presented her work at venues including the Neue Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and Palais de Tokyo Paris.

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