Philippe Hamelin's artistic practice spans visual arts, filmmaking and experimental video, and mainly takes the form of installation, single-channel video, and computer-generated animation. He is particularly interested in exploring different possibilities of videographic or spatial montage. He tries to create poetic compositions combining the human and technological mediums, while exploring the relationships that we develop with and through technology. He is interested in the links between special effects and affect, and in the correlation between interior and exterior movement with regards to motion and emotion. His experiments often result in a techno-dramatic spectacle.
Since 2001, his work has been shown in galleries and at numerous festivals in Canada and around the world. In 2011, Axenéo7 (Gatineau) offered him his first major solo show. Since 2013, he has exhibited at Platform (Winnipeg), Occurrence, Dazibao, Galerie Joyce Yahouda (Montréal), Galerie des Arts visuels de l’Université Laval (Québec), Neutral Ground (Regina), Sporobole (Sherbrooke), Platform (Munich), and at the art fair Poppositions (Brussels). His work has also been shown at numerous festivals in Canada and abroad, including Espace [IM] Média (Sherbrooke), where he presented the installation La Fontaine et la Chute III in collaboration with Julie Tremble. In 2013, he represented Quebec at the Jeux de la Francophonie (Nice) and won the silver medal in the sculpture/installation category. In 2015, he received the award for 'best work of art and experimentation' at the 33rd edition of Rendez-vous Québéc Cinéma. In 2014, he initiated the project La Mirage with Sophie Bélair Clément and Vincent Bonin. In 2017, he had a solo show at the Leonard et Bina Ellen Gallery and, in 2019, he exhibited at Casino du Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain. Hamelin studied film studies at the Université de Montréal and has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University. He teaches visual art at the Cégep de l’Outaouais and at the École multidisciplinaire de l’image at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. He lives and works in Montréal.