AMT Rendez-vous #13 Jeff Kolar

AMT Rendez-vous #13 Jeff Kolar

What: Transmission Ecology
When: Tuesday 3rd of March 2015, 9:00 to 10:30pm
Where: Parsons Paris room 500
Who: Jeff Kolar

Transmission Ecology refers to the dynamic and shifting relationship between energy, people, and devices. Kolar’s work explores these ephemeral conditions through the use of transmission technologies as an artistic material. The lecture will focus on various Transmission Art practices, and the development of Kolar’s curatorial project Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, USA that supports work engaging in the tonal and public spaces of the electro-magnetic spectrum. The presentation will also cover several of Kolar’s solo and collaborative projects, installations, and public performances that often investigate the mundane, sonic nuances of everyday electronic devices. The lecture will conclude with a live performance of his ongoing project, “Other Voices”.

Jeff Kolar is a sound artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (Half Letter Press) and “characteristically curious” (Marc Weidenbaum), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. His work often activates sound in unconventional, temporary, and ephemeral ways using appropriation and remix as a critical practice. Jeff is a free103point9 Transmission Artist, and the founder and director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform.

He has performed and exhibited widely across the United States, and at international venues and festivals such as the New Museum (New York, USA), The Kitchen (New York, USA), ORF RadioKulturhaus (Vienna, Austria), CTM Festival for Adventurous Music (Berlin, Germany), Sonic Circuits (Washington DC, USA), and LAK Festival of Nordic Sound Art (København, Denmark). His sound work has been released on Panospria (Canada), HAK Lo-Fi Record (France),, and broadcasted on the Radia Network, WFMU (New Jersey, USA), CKUT (Montreal, Canada), Radio Libertaire (Paris, France), among others. In 2013, Time Out New York awarded his work with choreographer Jennifer Monson as the “Best Dance of 2013”.

His work has been commissioned by the Propeller Fund, a re-granting agency of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Der Österreichische Rundfunk, and Wave Farm, a re-granting agency of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Arts Council. 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), Wave Farm Study Center (New York, USA), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA).