Teacher and researcher in the arts at the KASK/HoGent. He is active as a film programmer and curator for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Carels publishes essays on media-archeology, visual arts, film and animation. He is also affiliated with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, where he has curated shows such as El Hotel Eléctrico (2014) or Graphology (2011). Recent exhibitions have involved collaborations with Dora Garcia, Chris Marker, Jan Svankmajer, and many others.