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Niko Koppel
Date and place of birth
Chicago, IL
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
201516, Project Resident

Niko Koppel is a visual journalist with over a decade of experience.

Koppel’s extensive knowledge of covering breaking news and long-form feature stories has led him to work as a staff member for leading new organizations such as The New York Times and CNN in a variety of roles, including reporting, photographing, photo editing, and producing videos and virtual reality experiences.

He is currently focused on immersive storytelling, including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and emerging technologies, attempting to bring his knowledge and standards of news gathering and storytelling to cutting-edge platforms.

Eyebeam Project Resident (2015- 2016): To Scale Project Residency

Crime Scene (2016)

VR headset, headphones

This project is an immersive 360-degree experience where a viewer is transported beyond the yellow tape into the aftermath of a police-involved shooting, which is narrated by the survivor.

Read more about Crime Scene here.


More about Eyebeam’s “To Scale” Group Exhibition from 2016

This work was exhibited at Eyebeam’s former space in Industry City, in a group exhibition, titled “To Scale” from May 14th – 26th, 2016.

To Scale:

Eyebeam opened its studios to the public for a two-week show of recent projects exploring concepts of scale. These projects, the result of six months of research, share an ability to switch with ease from the view up close to the distant perspective.

Whether shifting scale through physical size, optical resolution, biological complexity or political organizing, they show that reality can seem totally different depending on context or even viewpoint. The world is not flat, but round like a lens.

Eyebeam models a new approach to artist-led creation for the public good; we are a non-profit that provides significant professional support and money to exceptional artists for the realization of important ideas that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Nobody else is doing this.

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