George Poonkhin Khut

George Poonkhin Khut is a Sydney-based artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. He has a special interest in audience experience and participation and the functions of art and aesthetic experience as ways of knowing and making sense of the world. George holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney for his research into biofeedback-based interactive artworks.

His undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania included painting, sculpture, ceramics, video and electronic music. George has exhibited his work in Australia, the UK and Asia. In 2012, he was awarded the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art National New Media Art Award. Forthcoming exhibition highlights include ‘CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade’, which has been curated by Object: Australian Centre for Design and will tour nationally from 2013 to 2015. A pilot trial of his ‘BrightHearts’ biofeedback iPad app with Dr Angie Morrow at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Kids Rehab) will evaluate the efficacy of heart-rate controlled relaxation apps as tools for managing anxiety experienced by children undergoing recurrent painful procedures.

Recent projects include The Heart Library Project, exhibited at St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney; the ‘Wonderland’ exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2012; the ‘Thinking Through The Body’ interdisciplinary research project that explored somatic bodywork methodologies and human-centred design as frameworks for body-focused interactive art (2008-2009); and ‘Cardiomorphologies’, exhibited at the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, 2007, and the In Between Time Festival of Live Art and Intrigue, Arnolfini, UK, 2006.