Charles is uncomfortable talking about himself in the third person, but has been told that it works for things like this.
Dr Charles Kriel is an author, composer, artist, photographer, stage designer, and mobile game & platform designer. He is Director of Digital Creativity at Corsham Institute, a UK-based nonprofit promoting inclusive digital society that is citizen-centric and trusted.
Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon, and grew up a third-generation circus and carnival performer.
After running away from the circus, he became a lifelong broadcaster, working with National Public Radio networks (US), and the BBC (UK), eventually landing as BBC Radio 1’s first artist-in-residence, innovating the BBC’s approach to live event media, creating Glastonbury’s first live streaming visuals channel for BBC Three. He also appeared as himself (DJ Kriel) in the Disney / ABC production, Fallen ARG.
Kriel embraced digital in the late 80s, using technology to extend his creative reach across several media.
His most recent book, a novel, was published this year by infamous crime publishers, Fahrenheit Press.
He’s composed music for dance at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, performed the world’s first DVJ sets across America and at ISEA, and won an Ars Electronica electronic music award.
As an artist he’s exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Ontario Museum, and the ICA to name a few. In 1991 he founded one of America’s first digital arts nonprofits.
An Emmy-nominated game designer, he’s broadly regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on behavioural economics in digital media and free-to-play.
Charles also devotes a good deal of his time to public service, travelling to war zones promoting free press and civil society. He's conducted missions in Iraq, Ukraine, Kosovo, Mongolia, Tajikistan and the Caucasus. Charles has an expertise in counter-radicalisation and countering violent extremism, and works with Corsham Institute and their partners on this exclusively.
Charles is an active consultant to UNESCO, as well as several government and non-government organisations and broadcasters, including the US State Department, BBC Media Action, Radio Nederlands, MiCT Berlin and the Mongolian Parliament.
He is also the Co-Founder of Lightful, a platform connecting charities and their supporters.
Charles has brought scores of world-class apps, games and creative projects to market and stage, for clients like the BBC, Disney / ABC, Jamie Oliver, Aardman, Mercedes Benz, Saatchi & Saatchi, Channel 4, Random House, Elsevier, ITV, and FremantleMedia.
He’s received dozens of awards, including the Wellcome Trust People Award, Ars Electronica Award, and grants / commissions from Arts Council England, ICA and dozens of others.
His work has been profiled by most major news channels and broadsheets in the UK.
In 2004 Charles was awarded his PhD Fine Arts in digital photography at Central Saint Martins, following an MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, both University of the Arts London. He’s held several creative research posts at UK universities and has been a visiting lecturer at many of America’s leading arts universities. He regularly speaks at conferences, from UN Summits and roundtables, to commercial digital conferences and academic gatherings internationally.
Award & Commission Highlights
Emmy® Award Nomination
Wellcome Trust People Award
BBC Three Commission
Ars Electronica Award
“World’s Top 10 DVJs” - Mixmag
British Film Institute Commission
Royal Opera House Commission
Southbank Centre Commission
British Council grants
Tate Britain Commission
Channel 4 Commission
Arts Council England grants
Royal Ontario Museum Commission
The Lobster Boy & The Fat Lady’s Daughter (Fahrenheit)
Tales of the Lobster Boy (Fahrenheit)
Dictionary of Free-to-Play Game Design (TIGA)
How to DVJ: a digital DJ masterclass (Focal Press)
RE - Designing Music (Arts Uni Bournemouth)
Handmade Mother Goose (12 Stories Tall)
A Bear Ate All the Brussels Sprouts (Bite Books
Exhibition, Concert and Production Highlights
Royal Opera House
Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Otis Institute (Los Angeles)
Ars Electronica (Linz)
United Nations WSIS
Children's Media Conference
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Festival Hall
Corsham Institute — Director of Digital Creativity
Lightful — Chief Design Officer and CoFounder
Free Press Unlimited — International Mentor and Consultant
UNESCO — UK National Expert in New Media
BBC Radio 1 — Artist in Residence
Prague Post — Culture Editor
Georgia Public Broadcasting — Producer / Presenter