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Dr George (Poonkhin) Khut is an artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. His body-focussed interactive and participatory artworks use biosensing technologies to re-frame experiences of embodiment, health and subjectivity. Research interests include tangible and embodied interaction, participatory art and Arts-in-Health.
George was the winner of the 2012 National New Media Art Award, at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) for his heart rate controlled artwork "Distillery: Waveforming" - a prototype iPad app developed during a residency at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab, supported by the Australian Network for Art and Technology. Recent group exhibitions include "Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age" at curated by Vanessa Bartlett at FACT in Liverpool, UK, "CUSP: Design into the Next Decade", curated by Object Gallery (Australian Design Centre); "Sensory Overload" at the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery; "Wonderland: Contemporary Art from Australia" at the Museum of Contemporary Taipei, "Sensorium Gymnasium" event at Performance Space (2009) with the Thinking Through The Body research group, and "Inbetween Time" (2006) at Arnolfini, UK.
In addition to presenting his works in galleries and museums, George has been developing new audiences for interactive and participatory art with exhibitions and research projects in hospitals and partnerships with arts-in-health agencies, starting with "The Heart Library Project" at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital in 2009, and the "BrightHearts" research project - a collaboration with Dr Angie Morrow, Staff Specialist in Brain Injury at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab, that is evaluating the efficacy of his interactive artworks as tools for helping to reduce the pain and anxiety experienced by children during painful and anxiety-provoking procedures. His most recent solo exhibition "Contemplative Interactions" of brain and heart-controlled interactive artworks was presented by DADAA WA at their Fremantle Gallery, in Western Australia in October 2019, as part of the 2019 Fremantle Biennale.
Post-graduate research supervision
George specialises in supervising practice-based post-graduate research, and is particularly interested in proposals from candidates interested in working in the areas of arts-in-health, interactive and participatory art, interaction-design, and multimedia and participatory design for museums and health promotion.