Karl Kaisel


Karl works interdisciplinarily, expanding the possibilities of filmmaking through animation and exploring different technologies for storytelling and world creation. With his master’s degree from University of Applied Arts Vienna in Art & Science he thinks of art and science as not two ends of spectrums but rather two entangled fields deeply interconnected. Art invisions new worlds while science gives tools for investigating it. His works are based on artistic research appling methods of archival research, autoethnography and folk knowledge mixed with ecology.
Karl places himself somewhere between artist, filmmaker and designer. As a designer he values aesthetics as a tool to access the viewers’ attention. His education in media design and experience working in animation, design establishes a strong technical background to his conceptual works. As an artist, Karl is interested in the relationships that humans and nonhumans have; the artificial dichotomy and tension that is dividing the world into natural and unnatural. He grew up in Estonia in a peatland forest, which is the defining aspect of his creative work. The works stem from the strong connection to the land and everything that is inhabiting it, living or nonliving. Through that connection he sees the world as an intertwined relationship expanding through every aspect of life. While this world is going through rapid changes and multiple crises it’s crucial to imagine worlds that are not only envisioning the apocalyptic scenarios but also positive and functioning worlds where different agents are inhabiting this world in symbiosis.


2021- 2023 – University of Applied Arts Vienna, Art & Science, MA

2016-2020 – Pallas University of Applied Sciences, Media and Advertising Design, BA

​ 2018 – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Printmaking (Erasmus semester in Belgium)


2022 -          Design Science Summer School COHABITATION, Slovenia

2013 - 2014 – Exchange year in South Africa, YFU program

Projects, awards

2024 ---------------------------------------

YODEX - Young Designers’ Exhibition, Taiwan

2023 ---------------------------------------

International Students Creative Award
Japan - 2nd Prize

CineToro Experimental Film Festival Columbia - Winner of CAMPBELL´S SOUP SO.ART
PÖFF Shorts
Estonia - Official selection
Beijing International Short Film Festival
China - Official selection
Animist Festival
Estonia - Official selection

Galleria Rajatila’s Videokoppi
Finland - exhibitor
Sala Terrena Group Show
Austria - exhibitor, graphic designer
2022 ---------------------------------------

Art Speaks Out, COP27
Egypt - exhibitor
PÖFF Shorts
Estonia - official selection
Finland - Official selection
Contemporary Art Festival VIDEOPARK
Serbia - Official Selection
From There Through Here, Künstlerhaus, Austria - exhibitor, graphic designer
Liquid tools for river fiction, DTAFA Austria - participant, exhibitor

Duo exhibition “Õ+Ő”, Estonian Week
Hungary - exhibitor
Solo exhibition “Found & Lost” at Tapamaja Estonia - curator, artist
“Neli” audiovisual exhibition, 
Estonia - organiser and exhibitor

Work experience

02.2024 - 07.2024  –  Trajna
10.2021 - ... – Jopp Creative
freelance animator and designer
05.2021 - 09.2021 – Bolt Technology multimedia designer
02.2021 - 05.2021 – Budaörs Animation Base and Creative Space
05.2019 - 06.2109 – Tabasco
graphic design intern
09.2017 - 05.2021 – Freelance designer