Mike Pelletier

Constraint Iterations

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Installations
Electronic Language International Festival


In the Constraint Iterations series, I was looking at human movement as recorded by the motion capture as a way of generating randomness. I initially started by using movements from motion capture databases, like the CMU mocap database and Mixamo. The problem is that a lot of those motion capture sequences are quite recognizable as they are so widely used. I tried to create systems to modify those movements and create something new. The recorded movements would be a starting point, but when they are processed by the system, they become quite different. Each piece in the series follows some of the same basic sets of rules, with increasing numbers of figures interacting with each other.

Mike Pelletier is a Canadian artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His work explores the divide between digital and physical space, usually getting lost in the uncanny valley that lies between. He often focuses on how technology is used to represent the human body while being informed and influenced by artistic and historical practices of image making and representation. Pelletier’s work has been shown in exhibitions and festivals around the world. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. He was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2016 and the FILE Video Art Award in 2017.