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16, July 2014  |  

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Mike Pelletier’s Kinetic Portraits


Mike Pelletier's Kinetic Portraits

Canadian artist Mike Pelletier has been researching and experimenting with methods of creating multidimensional portraits for years. Pelletier is an interactive artist & technical director who has participated and hosted a number of creative technology workshops and his work has been featured in festivals and exhibitions around the world.

‘he has developed a unique understanding of both the creative and technical sides of creative production and how they overlap. Some of his experience includes creating interactive installations for bands such as Nike, Viktor & Rolf and Diesel’. – one can read on Pelletier’s website

In fact, using his research in thermal imaging and MRI scanners as a technological basis and as inspiration, he started using  Microsoft’s motion-sensing Xbox device, Kinect, to create cool artwork with a strong, edgy look. And the result: 3D images made of a sitting subject appear to be pictures of a metallic sculpture.

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I’ve been experimenting with alternative ways of using the Kinect since Microsoft released the hardware a few years ago. One of the more exciting possibilities was trying to use the Kinect as a 3d scanner. By moving the Kinect camera around the subject the software constantly updates to create a detailed 3d model. Within a couple minutes you can get a fairly detailed model from a sitting subject, as long as they sit still. – says Pelletier.

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These designs are printed on metallic paper and mounted behind perspex for a dazzling and bold look. They can be wall mounted or free standing. Currently Mike Pelletier is working with Random Studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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