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
Merle Karp aka VJ Folded Visuals working on stage. Photo by Jelena Candolin.
Upcoming
↳ H(E)AVEN, VJ performance, Kaiku Helsinki, 1.7.2022
 Nonagon Festival, VJ performance, Sweden, 12.–14.8.2022
 Flow Festival, group exhibition (Hehku), Helsinki, 12.–14.8.2022
 Bella Skyway festival, group exhibition (Hehku), Poland, 16.–20.8.2022
I'm the Monster, video production and live visuals for Kay Taavitsainen's solo production. Zodiak Helsinki 1.–14.9.2022.
Designs for a Cooler Planet, group exhibition, 7.9.–12.10.2022 in Otaniemi, Espoo.
Ääniaalto festival, AV live performance, Helsinki, 23.–24.9.2022
Aavistus Festival, Cultural production, 6.–9.10.2022.
WeW! Contemporary Music Festival, VJ performance, Turku, 5.–15.10.2022
Installations & exhibitions
2022 
↳ Experiment: Experiment, group exhibition, 24.5.–10.6.2022 in Väre, Otaniemi.
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
Other 
2019– Co-founder, artistic and managing director, Aavistus Festival
2019  Music video production for Kosonen's 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  Lecturer, Entropy's VJ course
2015  Video production, Studio Eneas' show at World Gymnaestrada Closing Ceremony, Helsinki Olympic Stadium
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
Publications
2022 Rajapinnalla / Bad UI was featured in Plymouth University's Message Journal, a peer-reviewed journal on graphic design research.

Live visual performances (selected)

2022
↳ 5/2022 I'm the Monster, Dance Theatre Minimi at Kuopio City Theatre
2021
↳ 12/2021 Kotimaan teknokatsaus XII, Kuudes linja Helsinki
↳ 12/2021 Slush Afterparty Amphiteater stage, Helsinki
↳ 11/2021  Nature as Magic, Elektron Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
↳ 11/2021 TYEMYY: Ecclesia II, Martinkirkko Turku
↳ 8/2021 Drifts Festival: Deep Swamp with Olle Holmberg, Helsinki
↳ 7/2021 DTM Pride, Ääniwalli Helsinki
↳ 6/2021 Nature as Magic, Pixelache Festival in Oodi Helsinki
↳ 3/2021 NAVA: CCTV, Stockholm
2020
↳ 11/2020  TYEMYY & Turun Martinseurakunta: Ecclesia, Turku
↳ 10/2020  Aavistus Festival, Helsinki
↳ 9/2020  Nordic Audiovisual Artists: Visualia, Reaktorhallen Stockhlom
↳ 9/2020  LOVI Ambientklubi, Helsinki
↳7/2020  SUMU: Halla, Helsinki
↳6/2020  SUMU: Salama, Helsinki
↳ 6/2020  SUMU: Usva, Helsinki
↳ 4/2020  Aavistus on Air: Kontula Electronic, Say.fm
↳ 2/2020  Troubleshooting, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 2/2020  Holiday Club Paradisco, Helsinki
↳1/2020  Pixelache: Burn_, Publics Helsinki
2019
↳ 12/2019  UNI: Marco Shuttle (IT), Secret location Tallinn 
↳ 11/2019  APAREIV 2019, Aparaaditehas Tartu
↳ 11/2019  Mellow Yellow, Valkoinen Sali Helsinki
↳ 9/2019  H(E)AVEN, Kaiku Helsinki
↳9/2019  Kotimaan teknokatsaus XI, Kuudes Linja Helsinki
↳9/2019  Cargo54, Merikerho Helsinki
↳7/2019  VISIO Festival, Helsinki
↳6/2019  THRDEYEVSN, Helsinki
↳5/2019  Kontula Electronic, Helsinki
↳5/2019  Entropy x Merikerho, Helsinki
↳ 4/2019  Querelle Festival, Helsinki
↳ 4/2019  LOVI ambientklubi, Lavaklubi Helsinki
↳ 4/2019  Assel Abilseitova, Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall
↳ 4/2019  H(e)aven, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 2/2019  MYÖS: Lying Down - Loikoilu, Kallio Stage Helsinki
↳ 2/2019  Apupyörä UG, Helsinki
2018
↳ 12/2018  A Night with Calypso, Kaiku Helsinki
↳ 12/2018  Ilmastoveivi2019 campaign launch, Valkoinen sali 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
↳ 12/2017  SubRhythm, Merikerho 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