Mikko Gaestel is a video artist, filmmaker, photographer and scenographer living in Berlin and Munich.

2004- 2011 Meisterschüler / MFA »Fine Art and Media«
at UdK Berlin
2008 »Fine Arts« at Iceland Academy of the Arts Reykjavik


List of exhibitions and film screenings:


Work as video artist for international theatre productions:

Salzburger Festspiele, Radialsystem Berlin, Ruhrtriennale, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater Rotterdam, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Tanz Im August International Dance Festival Berlin, Maxim Gorki Theater, Kaaitheater Brussels, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Staatstheater Hannover, Theaterformen Festival, Sophiensaele Berlin, Tramway Glasgow, Festival TransAmériques Montréal, Kaserne Basel, Lugano Inscena-Lac, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Festival D’Avignon, Münchner Kammerspiele, Berliner Festspiele, Donaufestival Krems, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, Temporada Alta Girona, SPRING Utrecht, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Southbank Centre London, Gessnerallee Zürich, Kaserne Basel, Theater Bremen, Archa Theatre Prague, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, Goethe Institute Kolkata India, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, National Theatre Taipei


Opening Ceremony 50th Olympic Anniversary
(Idea & concept, editing and 3D animation)
Opening ceremony / performances by Pollyester
Olympiahalle München 2022

»Club der Jubilare«
(Idea and realisation in touch designer)
Generative live visualisation of movement extracted from large floor sensor
Theatron Olympiapark München 2022

»Being Human« / »The Finesse« – Christopher Kulendran Thomas
(Lighting design, concept & technical direction)
VAC Foundation Venice Biennale 2019, Schinkel Pavillon Berlin 2019, de Young Museum San Francisco 2020, ICA London 2022, KW Berlin 2022, Kunsthalle Zürich 2023, Singapore Art Museum 2023

»O Ciclo Anual no Rio Tiquié«
(Idea & concept, editing, compositing and animation)
Large scale projection covering the facade of the castle of Berlin 2019


Selected film projects as director or cinematographer:

Documentary film Colombia/Germany 2021
Co-director, cinematographer

»O Ciclo Anual no Rio Tiquié«
Documentary film Brasil/Germany 2021

»Far Away from Russia«
Short film 2021
Director of photography, co-screenplay writer

Short film 2017
Director of photography

»The Great Fortune«
Documentary film Germany 2016
Co-director, cinematographer
Winner of the grand prize at Belgrade International Documentary Festival 2016

»Nackte Angst«
Music video 2014
Director, cinematographer

»Atlas Cinema«
Experimental documentary film, Morocco 2013
Director of photography


Architecture, portrait, fashion, documentary and product photography.

Pictures made for / have appeared in:
Spex, Rhizome, DIS Magazine, Bullett Magazine, NZZ, TAZ, Tagesspiegel, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Nero Magazine, Sophiensaele, Center for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Sleek Magazine, Rimini Protokoll, Gessnerallee Zürich, Galerie Carlier Gebauer, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Future Gallery, Import Projects, Jackmode, Curt, Kotelett, Delinear, Umagazine, Dazed Digital and others.


»Soft Edges«
course at University of the Arts Berlin 2020

»Campustriennale / Schöner Arbeiten«
workshop Ruhrtriennale 2017 with Dominic Huber

»In Sync«
course at University of the Arts Berlin 2016