Paloma Kop

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2020 News

Here are some things I did in 2020. To stay updated, subscribe to my email newsletter, or visit my now page!

2020-12-13 ♦ SPACE(TIME) THRESHOLDS Virtual Opening


My online MFA thesis exhibition, SPACE(TIME) THRESHOLDS, virtually opened on Sunday, December 13. This body of work was created during my studies in Electronic Integrated Arts at Alfred University from 2018-2020.

I also released the accompanying book, From Material Space(time) into Electronic Space(time), which serves as my written thesis and a window into my process. Printed books are available to order, and the digital PDF is linked as well.

I performed a livestreamed a/v set to celebrate and bring in a realtime component. It incorporated video and sound elements from the exhibition, manipulated and remixed live.

🌐 See the work, book, and performance:

2020-12-03 ♦ A/V Performance for Edge of Light

Edge of Light performance still

I performed an a/v set with an 8 foot weather balloon for the opening of Edge of Light, an exhibition curated by Jonathan Sims for HoloCenter. The opening performances were curated by Testu Collective. The opening took place on December 3 and our performances were streamed online.

This was my first time incorporating this large spherical balloon into a live performance with analog video synthesis. I found that I was able to create a variety of weather patterns, as one might see on the surface of a gas giant planet.

📺 Watch a recording of my set: Youtube | Peertube

2020-11-15 ♦ Collaborative a/v performance with Andrei Jay for Vidicon

Vidicon performance still

On Sunday, November 15, I performed a collaborative a/v set with Andrei Jay, which was livestreamed as part of Vidicon. This year was the second edition of Vidicon, and due to the pandemic, it took place entirely online, with performances by many wonderful video artists and friends. The set I played with Andrei was enjoyably eccentric. My favorite part was performing on musical saw while video of me was being processed through a slit scan frame buffer. We had a lot of fun! Additionally, the team and I were able to contribute to the festival's video streaming and chat infrastructure, to help create an online venue independent from major social media sites and platforms.

📺 Watch a recording of our set: Youtube

2020-10-05 ♦ Recursive News at /'fu:bar/

Recursive News promo image

I participated in a livestreamed performance with some friends at this year's edition of /'fu:bar/ Glitch Art Festival! The festival is usually held in Zagreb; this year it is fully online.

Our performance was titled Recursive News and used 1990's broadcast video equipment to re-interpret cable access style news broadcast into an echoing void of infinite recursion. We streamed live from the Phase Space studio in Brooklyn.

Performance: Recursive News
Who: Paloma Kop, Andrei Jay, Allen Riley, Rob Yohe, Irfan Brković
When: Monday October 5, 2pm (NY time) / 8pm (Zagreb time)
Where: the internet

📺 Watch a recording of the performance: Youtube | Peertube

2020-10-03 ♦ Talk and screening at Vector Hack

Vector Hack flyer

As part of this year's Vector Hack Festival, my work was included in a screening program on Friday October 2, and I gave an artist talk on Sunday October 4. This edition of the festival was hybrid onsite & online, taking place across three cities in Croatia and Slovenia from October 1-10. (Note that all times are in Central European Summer time zone.)

Screening: Signal Culture Series
When: 21:00-23:00 CEST, Friday, October 2
Where: Exportdrvo, Rijeka, Croatia and online

Talk: Modulating Material
When: 17:00-18:00 CEST, Sunday, October 4
Where: Deltalab, Rijeka, Croatia and online

📺 Watch a recording of my talk: Youtube | Peertube

🌐 More info:

📄 Full festival programme: vectorhack-2020-programme-RI.pdf

2020-10-01 ♦ Interval II: Performance at Synesthesia

Interval II promo image

On Thursday, October 1, I did a live a/v performance at Interval II, an event combining music and video, sculpture, and dance, curated by Testu Collective and held on the open-air rooftop of Synesthesia. I greatly appreciate the organizers' ability to manifest a physical gathering while maintaining safe pandemic practices. It was wonderful to experience performances by fellow artists ÉMU (Maria Takeuchi), Impakt, Testu Collective, Yoko Murakami, and Will Atkins beneath the full moon.

🌐 More details:

2020-07-11 ♦ Coaxial Summer Series

Coaxial gallery

I was thrilled to have my work included in the livestreaming program for Coaxial Summer Series on Saturday, July 11. The series continues every Saturday at 9pm PDT through August, and is hosted by Coaxial, a wonderful media arts organization in Los Angeles. Since in-person events are not an option right now due to the pandemic, this kind of virtual programming is even more vital.

📺 View Coaxial's livestreams:

2020-06-01 ♦ forum image

Some friends and I got together and set up a new discussion forum for DIY A/V things called So far, it's been a refreshing place to connect with friends and people with common interests, away from big corporate social media sites. It's hosted on our own server, and we also run a livestreaming server, chat, and video hosting platform, all using open source software.

🌐 Check it out:

2020-05-01 ♦ SOLACE benefit a/v compilation

SOLACE album cover

My work is included in SOLACE, a benefit a/v compilation for COVID-19 organized by some wonderful friends in the NYC audiovisual community. 100% of proceeds go to IRC ( and local food banks. The release was celebrated with a livestream event.

📺 The audiovisual album is online at:

2020-03-18 ♦ Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Petri dish

There's a lot going on in the world right now, but I wanted to share a small update from my end. As you might know, I'm currently in my final semester of my MFA program at Alfred, located in a remote town in western NY. My university recently announced that all classes will be remote for the rest of the semester. The art building was shut down and I lost access to my studio, so I moved all my equipment to my apartment, and set up a temporary workspace in which to complete my thesis.

Our in-person thesis exhibitions were cancelled. I have decided to move to an online exhibition format — basically a site to allow viewing of my thesis work online. Although I haven't pursued web-based media as much recently, this is something I luckily have experience with, from working with The Wrong, Gallery T, and others. And in spite of the gravity of the situation, I am excited to be able to present my thesis work in a format that will be even more accessible to people regardless of their geographic location.

In addition to the show, our thesis work will also culminate in the form of a book. I am going ahead with creating and printing my books as I had originally planned. I will be sharing my book freely and openly in digital PDF form, but I also want to offer printed copies for those who want them. I'll be opening up pre-orders for the book in advance of their printing in May/June.

I am trying to decrease my dependency on certain social media platforms, so as an alternative way to keep people in the loop about my activities, I've created a newsletter/mailing list. In addition to updates about my upcoming online thesis show and book, I'll send occasional updates when I am doing a show or performance.

🌐 Sign up here:

2020-03-03 ♦ Metacognition at Spring/Break

Metacognition flyer

My work is included in Metacognition, an exhibit at Spring/Break Art Show, curated by Tali Hinkis and Robin Kang. It ran from March 3-9 in NYC.

Metacognition: the awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes. This exhibition surrounds a conversation between a group of artists who employ meditative and repetitive processes to creatively navigate through the dimensional realms of reality. The physical, algorithmic, emotional, virtual, spiritual, and scientific planes are investigated through clever uses of technology and innovative combinations of the material and the digital.

🌐 More info:

🌐 Press coverage:

2020-01-07 ♦ DECOHERENCE Book

DECOHERENCE book cover

I created a short book to explain some of my process and ideas about a video piece I made using cymatics. The book is a small part of my MFA thesis, and I printed and bound several to share with faculty.

📄 PDF version: decoherence_book.pdf