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Meet Our Tutors: Mike Pelletier

Mike Pelletier
Tue 12 Sep

What is your branch of knowledge, subject?

Mike Pelletier. Interactive installations. Programming and Electronics, 3d AR and VR.

Mike Pelletier is WdKA's Interaction Station tutor.

What inspires you?

I tend to take inspiration from so many sources that I find there’s so little time to act on all the inspiration that comes my way. I’m inspired by figuring out how things work and how things are made. I’m equally inspired by small mundane moments, weird facial expressions, and 17th-century painting.

What defines you as a tutor? Your strongest points?

This is always a hard question to answer, but I would assume that it's my broad range of experience. I have worked in a variety of environments from advertising agencies and digital production houses, to cultural organisations and arts institutions. I have had work that’s appeared in places as diverse as shop windows, DIY art spaces, museums and film festivals. Hopefully, that varied experience can reflect back into the diverse nature of the programmes at the WdKA and be something that students can draw from.

What is your dream/goal as a tutor?

My dream is to provide a space for students where failure can sometimes be an option, and a place where they feel free to risks. Failure can be one of the most powerful learning tools. My goal is to get students to be comfortable with technology and excited about how they might integrate it with their practices.

Name one item on your bucket list?

I’d like to try skydiving. Also, I’d like to have a solo show at a major gallery someday. It would be cool to combine the two.

Whom would you call true innovator?

Net artists JODI were a big inspiration when I was starting out as a young artist. They really changed the way that I looked at technology and art.

View Mike's work and projects here.

Cover image: Self-portrait