Merle Karp is a Helsinki-based visual designer, video artist and VJ, also known as Folded Visuals. She is the artistic director and a co-founder of Aavistus Festival.
In her work, Karp uses video to create moods and environments. Often known for her nature themes, such as mosses, ferns and rippling ponds, she aims to evoke soothing, dreamy mindscapes. Other times, she explores tensions between human and technology, toxic tourism or the pressures that society puts on us.
Contact
karp.merle@gmail.com 
@merlemoi
Installations & exhibitions
2022 
Designs for a Cooler Planet, group exhibition, 7.9.–12.10.2022 in Otaniemi, Espoo.
 Bella Skyway festival, group exhibition (Hehku), Poland, 16.–20.8.2022
 Flow Festival, group exhibition (Hehku), Helsinki, 12.–14.8.2022
↳ Experiment: Experiment, group exhibition, 24.5.–10.6.2022 in Väre, Espoo
2021 
↳ Hehku II, invitational video installation, Reflektor light art festival, Espoo
 Rajapinnalla / Bad UI, invitational video installation, Ars 108, Nokia
  Hehku, commissioned video installation, Polar Night Light Festival, Ruka

2019  
↳ Sails, commissioned video installation, Museum of Finnish Architecture
  Magic forest room, immersive video installation, Pikkukarhu, Järvenpää
  Site-specific projection mapping, Apupyörä, Helsinki

2018  
↳ Forest meets forest, invitational video installation, Hear Art-See Sound Festival, Lori Armenia
↳ Visupesä, immersive video installation, Ihmelehto, Helsinki
  Visupesä, interactive video installation with VJ TÄ9Q, Entropy: Aktiiviloma
  Site-specific projection mapping, I Land Sound Festival, Saaremaa Estonia
  Maze, stage design and immersive video installation, Entropy 25V, Cirko Helsinki
  Site-specific projection mapping, Roban avajaiset, Iso-Roobertinkatu Helsinki

2016  
↳ Aquarium tent, video installation, Metsareiv, Ulge Estonia

2015   
↳ Site-specific projection mapping, Kuru Plirr Festival, Estonia
  Untitled video installation with VJ Indigo, Unhola, Helsinki 
  Magic forest room, immersive video installation, Pikkukarhu, Järvenpää

2014  
↳ Untitled video installation, Entropy <3 HYTKY: Kiehumispiste, Helsinki
  Välissä / In between, video installation, Päiväunia luupainajasta 90x5, Gallery MAA-tila, Helsinki
Collective efforts
2021–present 
↳ Co-founder, producer, Nordic Lights
2019–present
↳ Co-founder, artistic and managing director, Aavistus Festival
Other 
↳ Stage designer and curator, Entropy 25V, 2018
↳ Curator for the Opening club, AAVE Festival, 2018
Education
2020–present
↳ Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture 
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design

2016
↳ Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor of Business Administration
Publications
2022
↳ Rajapinnalla / Bad UI was featured in Plymouth University's Message Journal, a peer-reviewed journal on graphic design research.

Interviews, discussions and articles
↳ Nordic culture & underground funding, panelist, Aavistus Festival, 6.10.2022
↳ Nordic Lights panel discussion, moderator, Nonagon Festival, 16.8.2022
↳ Aavistus Festival artist talk, moderator, 3.10.2020
↳ Last night a VJ saved my life, panel discussion by Entropy & Helsinki City Museum, panelist, 2018
↳ Entropy's VJ course, lecturer, 2017
Live visual performances (selected)

2022
↳ DTM & Korgy: Halloween, Ääniwalli Helsinki, 29.10.
↳  Ääniaalto festival, Helsinki, 23.–24.9.
I'm the Monster, video production and live visuals for Kay Taavitsainen's solo production. Zodiak Helsinki 1.–14.9.
 Nonagon Festival, Sweden, 12.–14.8.
↳ Kajo Finnjamboree, Evo Hämeenlinna, 15.-23.7.
↳ H(E)AVEN, Kaiku Helsinki, 1.7.
↳ I'm the Monster, Dance Theatre Minimi at Kuopio City Theatre, 4.-5.5.
2021
↳ Kotimaan teknokatsaus XII, Kuudes linja Helsinki, 12.12.
↳ Slush Afterparty Amphiteater stage, Helsinki, 2.12.
↳ Nature as Magic, Elektron Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 27.11.
↳ TYEMYY: Ecclesia II, Martinkirkko Turku, 5.11.
Drifts Festival: Deep Swamp with Olle Holmberg, Helsinki, 6.8.
↳ DTM Pride, Ääniwalli Helsinki, 3.7.
↳ Nature as Magic, Pixelache Festival in Oodi Helsinki, 10.6.
↳ NAVA: CCTV, Stockholm, 6.3.
2020
↳ TYEMYY & Turun Martinseurakunta: Ecclesia, Turku, 7.11.
Aavistus Festival, Helsinki, 2.-4.10.
Nordic Audiovisual Artists: Visualia, Reaktorhallen Stockhlom, 11.9.
↳ LOVI Ambientklubi, Helsinki, 3.9.
↳SUMU: Halla, Helsinki, 24.7.
↳SUMU: Salama, Helsinki, 26.6.
↳ SUMU: Usva, Helsinki, 6.6.
↳ Aavistus on Air: Kontula Electronic, Say.fm, 17.4.
↳ Troubleshooting, Kaiku Helsinki, 21.2.
↳ Holiday Club Paradisco, Helsinki, 8.2.
↳ Pixelache: Burn_, Publics Helsinki, 31.1.
2019
↳ UNI: Marco Shuttle (IT), Secret location Tallinn, 20.12.
APAREIV 2019, Aparaaditehas Tartu, 8.11.
↳ Mellow Yellow, Valkoinen Sali Helsinki, 2.11.
↳ H(E)AVEN, Kaiku Helsinki, 20.9.
↳ Kotimaan teknokatsaus XI, Kuudes Linja Helsinki, 13.9.
↳ Cargo54, Merikerho Helsinki, 6.9.
↳ VISIO Festival, Helsinki, 5.–7.9.
↳ THRDEYEVSN, Helsinki, 14.6.
↳ Kontula Electronic, Helsinki, 18.5.
↳ Merikerho, Helsinki, 10.5.
↳ Querelle Festival, Helsinki, 26.-27.4.
↳ LOVI ambientklubi, Lavaklubi Helsinki, 25.4.
↳ Assel Abilseitova, Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall, 20.4.
↳ MYÖS: Lying Down - Loikoilu, Kallio Stage Helsinki, 24.2.
2018
↳ 12/2018  A Night with Calypso, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 12/2018  Julefest hos Medicineheads, Oslo
↳12/2018  FEMALIEN the solo experiment, Forum Box Helsinki
↳ 11/2018  Entropy 25 years, Cirko Helsinki
↳ 10/2018  Proper settings: RAJA, Games Factory Helsinki
↳ 9/2018  Ihmelehto - Päivölän pidot, Helsinki
↳ 8/2018  Mesmer with Elfenberg (Stil Vor Talent, 3000° Records), Ravintola Kaisaniemi Helsinki
↳ 7/2018  Turku Modern 2018, Turku
↳ 5/2018  Since November, Mascot Helsinki
↳ 4/2018  AAVE Festival Opening Club, Dubrovnik Helsinki
↳ 3/2018  KAAVA, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 3/2018  THRDEYEVSN, Kaiku Helsinki
2017
↳ 12/2017  Alakulttuuritalon uusivuosi 2018, Kulttuuritalo Helsinki
↳ 11/2017  HYTKY & Vialliset: A.I., Helsinki
↳ 10/2017  THRDEYEVSN, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 10/2017  Superwood Festival, Helsinki
↳ 10/2017  Urban Apa Festival, Ateneum Helsinki
↳ 8/2017  THRDEYEVSN, Ääniwalli Helsinki
↳ 8/2017  Ihmelehto, Helsinki
↳ 8/2017  Flow Festival 2017, Helsinki
↳ 7/2017  Norbergfestival 2017, Norberg Sweden
↳ 7/2017  I Land Sound festival, Saaremaa Estonia
↳ 6-7/2017  Tanz durch den Tag: Aufwind Festival, Grelle Forelle Vienna
↳ 6/2017  Playground AV Festival, Vienna
↳ 4/2017  HYTKY: Fauna, Cirko Helsinki
↳ 2/2017  Kotimaan Teknokatsaus IX, Kuudes linja Helsinki
2016
↳ 11/2016  HYTKY 20V, Kattilahalli Helsinki
↳ 6/2016  Diskometsä: Canson LIVE, Helsinki
↳ 6/2016  Bassoradio: Sideways 2016 after party, Kattilahalli Helsinki
2015
↳ 12/2015  Kaiku & Kuudes Linja NYE 2016, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 12/2015  Diskometsä: Rampue, Helsinki
↳ 10/2015  Unhola: Ninze & Okaxy, Unhola Helsinki
↳ 10/2015  TRAX CASINO, Ravintola Lämpö Helsinki
↳ 5/2015  KULTTI Festival, Helsinki