Jeff Kolar (b. Chicago, Illinois, US) is an independent sound artist, radio producer, and curator working in Chicago, United States. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform established in 2009. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press), “wonderfully strange” (John Corbett), and “characteristically curious” (Marc Weidenbaum), activates sound in unconventional, temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. His solo and collaborative projects, installations, and public performances often investigate the mundane sonic nuances of everyday electronic devices.

He has performed and exhibited widely across the United States, and at international venues and festivals such as the New Museum (New York, US), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, US), Moogfest (Durham, North Carolina, US), The Kitchen (New York, US), CTM Festival for Adventurous Music (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, US), Kino Šiška (Ljubljana, Slovenia), ORF RadioKulturhaus (Vienna, Austria), Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival (Halle, Germany), Megapolis Audio Festival (New York, USA), LAK Festival of Nordic Sound Art (København, Denmark), among others.

His work has been commissioned by the Propeller Fund, a re-granting agency of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Wave Farm, a re-granting agency of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), and others. He has delivered lectures at New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto, Canada), Le Cube Centre de création numérique (Paris, France), Concordia University Topological Media Lab (Montreal, Canada), Parsons Paris School of Art & Design (Paris, France), University of California Santa Cruz, Film & Digital Media Department (Santa Cruz, California, US), Wave Farm Study Center (New York, USA), and led workshops at Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Ecole d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA).

His work has been broadcasted internationally on radio stations including ORF Kunstradio (Vienna, Austria), Radia Network, WFMU (New Jersey, USA), Deutschlandradio Kultur (Berlin, Germany), CKUT (Montreal, Canada), Ràdio Web MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Vancouver Co-operative Radio CFRO 100.5-FM (Vancouver, Canada), Radio Eterogenia (Córdoba, Argentina), Radio Libertaire (Paris, France), Stress FM (Lisbon, Portugal), WGXC (New York, USA), among others.

His work has been released on a variety of record labels including Panospria + No Type (Canada), H.A.K. Lo-Fi Record (France), free103point9 (US), Amigos Publishing (US), and has appeared in compilations by, iFAR (England), Phantom Airwaves (US), and Sonic Circuits (US). His video work was published in the DVD journal ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.


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Press Kit



October 31, 2018
Live Performance with Zeena Parkins at National Sawdust : Brooklyn, New York, US

September 27 - 30, 2018
EXPO Sound : Live Performance at EXPO Chicago : Chicago, Illinois, US

April 16, 2018
Radical Listening: Jeff Kolar : Visiting Artist Lecture at University of Illinois Chicago, School of Art & Art History : Chicago, Illinois, US

February 21 - 24, 2018
Bend The Even : Live Performance with Jennifer Monson & Zeena Parkins at The Chocolate Factory Theater : New York, New York, US

February 11 - 15, 2018
radioCona 88.8MHz ICEbreakFM : Radio Broadcast at CONA | institute for contemporary arts processing : Ljubljana, Slovenia

November 6 - 19, 2017
Radiophrenia : Radio Broadcast with jonCates at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts : Glasgow, Scotland

October 26, 2017
REALTIME: Jeff Kolar + jonCates : Visiting Artist Lecture with jonCates at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art And Technology Department : Chicago, Illinois, US

October 21, 2017
Wave Farm 20th Anniversary : Live Performance with Anna Friz and Gregory Whitehead at Fridman Gallery : New York, New York, US

September 14 - February 25, 2018
Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound : Guest Curator & Group Exhibition at The Museum of Arts and Design : New York, New York, US

July 9 - 15, 2017
Master Artist-in-Residence Program : Artist In Residence with Jennifer Monson and Zeena Parkins at Atlantic Center for the Arts : New Smyrna Beach, Florida, US

June 19, 2017
Salonathon: Lo-fi / Hi-fi / Wi-fi : Live Performance at Beauty Bar : Chicago, Illinois, US

June 2, 2017
Transmission : Live Performance & Group Exhibition at Vivid Projects : Birmingham, United Kingdom

March 10, 2017
Hiding in Plain Site: Seeing and Feeling the Everyday : Symposium Speaker & Live Performance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Art + Design : Urbana, Illinois, US

March 4, 2017
Antibody Corporation / Jeff Kolar & Meg T. Noe / Hanna Brock / Jose Luis Benavides : Live Performance with Meg T. Noe at ELASTIC : Chicago, Illinois, US

February 3, 2017
Speaker Series: Jeff Kolar : Visiting Artist Lecture at Northwestern University Sound Arts And Industries : Chicago, Illinois, US