Charles has been creating film/video and media works since relocating from Atlanta ten years ago; first to Prague, then Venice and London. Born a third-generation circus performer, Charles is PhD media art (pending viva) from Central Saint Martins, and has received awards/grants/commissions from Prix Ars Electronica, ICA, MOMA-Oxford, London Institute, Royal Festival Hall, British Council, Dance on Screen, and London Arts. As a media artist, he has exhibited in the gallery of Tomato Design, at the 1999 Venice Biennale, and throughout the Middle East, Europe, Russia, the US and Australasia.
As a composer, Charles has been awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction, and has composed by commission an opera and several song cycles. His work has been released by ORF (Austria) and Electroshock (Moscow). As a filmmaker, writer and photographer, he is regularly commissioned by BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra and has also been commissioned by MTV, ITV and Channel 4.
Also a media theorist synthesising the works of McLuhan, Lacan and Freud as they apply to digital media in his recent work Noise and the Uncanny, he has delivered papers and talks at Congress of the Americas, University of Westminster, Institute of Education, London Institute, Oxford Brookes, and a selection of conferences.
Charles (VJ Kriel) is also a VJ, and has been called “the world’s leading VJ” by the NME, and is resident VJ for BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. He has been cited by The Times as “club culture’s first superstar VJ” and regularly performs in Ibiza, Ayia Napa, and across Europe and SE Asia. Since Spring 2000, he has performed for nearly 1.5 million clubbers internationally.
He participates in