George Poonkhin Khut is an Australian artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, design and health. For the past 11 years he has been working with biofeedback technologies, creating intimate, body-focussed interactive artworks experiences, that re-frame our experiences of embodiment and presence. In addition to presenting his work in fine-arts galleries and museums, he has been developing new audiences for interactive and participatory art with exhibitions and research projects in hospitals, starting with The Heart Library Project at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital in 2009, and more recently with his collaboration with Dr Angie Morrow, Staff Specialist in Brain Injury at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab.
George has exhibited his work across Australia, the UK and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Distillery: Waveforming at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) for which he was awarded the National New Media Art Award (2012), The Heart Library Project (recently exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, and previously at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney, 2009), and, Cardiomorphologies (Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, 2007, and Arnolfi, UK, 2006), and Thinking Through The Body – - an interdisciplinary research group exploring the use of somatic bodywork methodologies and human-centred design as frameworks for body-focused interactive art.
He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney, Australia – for his research into biofeedback-based interactive artworks, and has taught interaction design and human-centred design methods at University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, School of Design. He completed his undergraduate studies in fine arts at the University of Tasmania, Centre for Arts in 1994, where he studied painting, sculpture, ceramics, video and electronic music