Merle Karp is a Helsinki-based live visual and video artist, performing as a VJ under the artist name 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
Merle Karp aka VJ Folded Visuals working on stage. Photo by Jelena Candolin.
Installations
Upcoming
2021 Hehku II, Reflektor Espoo
Past
2021 Rajapinnalla / Bad UI, Ars 108, Nokia2021  Hehku, Polar Night Light Festival, Ruka
2019  Museum of Architecture, Helsinki
2019  Pikkukarhu, Järvenpää
2019  Apupyörä, Helsinki
2018  Ihmelehto, Helsinki
2018  Entropy: Aktiiviloma, Inkoo‍ (collab with VJ TÄ9Q)
2018  I Land Sound Festival, Saaremaa Estonia
2018  Entropy 25V, Cirko Helsinki
2018  Roban avajaiset, Iso-Roobertinkatu Helsinki
2017  Hear Art-See Sound Festival 2017, Lori Armenia
2016  Metsareiv, Ulge Estonia
2015  Kuru Plirr - Lost in the Forest Festival, Estonia
2015  Unhola, Helsinki (collab with VJ Indigo)
2014  Entropy <3 HYTKY: Kiehumispiste, Helsinki
Other artistic activity
2019– Co-founder, artistic director & curator, Aavistus Festival
2019  Music video production for Kosonen - Sä tuut ja meet
2018  Stage designer and curator, Entropy 25V
2018  Curator for the Opening club, AAVE Festival
2018  Panelist, Helsinki Clubbing & Entropy: Last night a VJ saved my life, Helsinki City Museum
2017  Video production for Maulo Moya's Subtanasia EP
2017  VJ workshop, Entropy's VJ course
2015  Video production, Studio Eneas' show at World Gymnaestrada Closing Ceremony, Helsinki Olympic Stadium
2014  Video installation in a group exhibition, Päiväunia luupainajasta 90x5, Gallery Maa-tila Helsinki
Grants
2020  AVEK, production grant for Aavistus Festival 
2020  City of Helsinki, production grant for Aavistus Festival 
Education
2020–
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

Media
Live visual performances (selected)

10.6.2021 Nature as Magic, Pixelache Festival in Oodi Helsinki
6.3.2021 NAVA: CCTV, Stockholm
7.11.2020  TYEMYY & Turun Martinseurakunta: Ecclesia, Turku
2.-4.10.2020  Aavistus Festival, Helsinki
11.9.2020  Nordic Audiovisual Artists: Visualia, Reaktorhallen Stockhlom
3.9.2020  LOVI Ambientklubi, Helsinki
24.7.2020  SUMU: Halla, Helsinki
26.6.2020  SUMU: Salama, Helsinki
6.6.2020  SUMU: Usva, Helsinki
17.4.2020  Aavistus on Air: Kontula Electronic, Say.fm
21.2.2020  Troubleshooting, Kaiku Helsinki
8.2.2020  Holiday Club Paradisco, Helsinki
31.1.2020  Pixelache: Burn_, Publics Helsinki
20.12.2019  UNI: Marco Shuttle (IT), Secret location Tallinn 
8.11.2019  APAREIV 2019, Aparaaditehas Tartu
2.11.2019  Mellow Yellow, Valkoinen Sali Helsinki
20.9.2019  H(E)AVEN, Kaiku Helsinki
13.9.2019  Kotimaan teknokatsaus XI, Kuudes Linja Helsinki
6.9.2019  Cargo54, Merikerho Helsinki
5.-7.7.2019  VISIO Festival, Helsinki
14.6.2019  THRDEYEVSN, Helsinki
18.5.2019  Kontula Electronic, Helsinki
10.5.2019  Entropy x Merikerho, Helsinki
26.-27.4.2019  Querelle Festival, Helsinki
25.4.2019  LOVI ambientklubi, Lavaklubi Helsinki
20.4.2019  Assel Abilseitova, Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall
12.4.2019  H(e)aven, Kaiku Helsinki
24.2.2019  MYÖS: Lying Down - Loikoilu, Kallio Stage Helsinki
23.2.2019  Apupyörä UG, Helsinki
21.12.2018  A Night with Calypso, Kaiku Helsinki
17.12.2018  Ilmastoveivi2019 campaign launch, Valkoinen sali Helsinki
8.12.2018  Julefest hos Medicineheads, Oslo
4.12.2018  FEMALIEN the solo experiment, Forum Box Helsinki
25.11.2018  Entropy 25 years, Cirko Helsinki
27.10.2018  Proper settings: RAJA, Games Factory Helsinki
11.-14.10.2018  Hear Art - See Sound Festival of Audiovisual Arts, Yerevan
15.9.2018  Ihmelehto - Päivölän pidot, Helsinki
25.8.2018  Mesmer with Elfenberg (Stil Vor Talent, 3000° Records), Ravintola Kaisaniemi Helsinki
14.-15.7.2018  Turku Modern 2018, Turku
22.5.2018  Since November, Mascot Helsinki
12.4.2018  AAVE Festival Opening Club, Dubrovnik Helsinki
24.3.2018  KAAVA, Kaiku Helsinki
3.3.2018  THRDEYEVSN, Kaiku Helsinki
31.12.2017  Alakulttuuritalon uusivuosi 2018, Kulttuuritalo Helsinki
9.12.2017  SubRhythm, Merikerho Helsinki
4.11.2017  HYTKY & Vialliset: A.I., Helsinki
21.10.2017  THRDEYEVSN, Kaiku Helsinki
20.10.2017  Superwood Festival, Helsinki
10.10.2017  Urban Apa Festival, Ateneum Helsinki
19.8.2017  THRDEYEVSN, Ääniwalli Helsinki
18.8.2017  Ihmelehto, Helsinki
13.8.2017  Flow Festival 2017, Helsinki
27.-29.7.2017  Norbergfestival 2017, Norberg Sweden
13.-17.7.2017  I Land Sound festival, Saaremaa Estonia
30.6.-2.7.2017  Tanz durch den Tag: Aufwind Festival, Grelle Forelle Vienna
24.6.2017  Playground AV Festival, Vienna
22.4.2017  HYTKY: Fauna, Cirko Helsinki
25.2.2017  Kotimaan Teknokatsaus IX, Kuudes linja Helsinki
12.11.2016  HYTKY 20V, Kattilahalli Helsinki
18.6.2016  Diskometsä: Canson LIVE, Helsinki
18.6.2016  Bassoradio: Sideways 2016 after party, Kattilahalli Helsinki
31.12.2015  Kaiku & Kuudes Linja NYE 2016, Kaiku Helsinki
12.12.2015  Diskometsä: Rampue, Helsinki
31.10.2015  Unhola: Ninze & Okaxy, Unhola Helsinki
24.10.2015  TRAX CASINO, Ravintola Lämpö Helsinki
15.-17.5.2015  KULTTI Festival, Helsinki

2014– Resident of THRDEYEVSN, HYTKY, Diskometsä and Nothing But.