George (Poonkhin) Khut

Evenings In Residence promises to be a highlight of our public engagement program as the 12 Australian Residency Artists working and living at the Pier offer insights into their concerns and responses to Marina Abramović: In Residence.


George Khut presents short films that alter our perspective on space, place and identity.

Both films offer radical perspectives on situation, materiality and embodiment that extend notions of 'the body' and selfhood that have been central to Khut’s work with bio-sensing technologies and audience participation.

  • Charles & Ray Eames, Powers of Ten (1977, 17 mins) © Eames Office LLC


The artist discusses his work with body-focused contemplative interactions, the interactive art event as public laboratory, and the need for perspectives on embodiment and identity that take into account our dependence on the Earth. The discussion is followed by a live demonstration of the artist’s brain-wave controlled interactive artwork.

George (Poonkhin) Khut
is an Australian artist and academic at UNSW Art and Design, working across the fields of electronic and participatory art, interaction design and health. For the past 12 years he has been working with biofeedback technologies, creating intimate, body-focussed participatory artworks, that re-frame our experiences and representations of embodiment, presentness and body-mind interactions. Khut works with biofeedback technologies to challenge popular assumptions about the impact of digital technologies on the body. He challenges the idea that technology minimises our ability to pay attention and uses technology instead to slow down and focus our attention into our body, the bodies of others, and the psycho-physiological dimensions of our being.

In 2012 Khut was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, National New Media Art Award, for his heart rate controlled interactive artwork Distillery: Waveforming – a work developed as part of his residency at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney), where he collaborated with Brain Injury Specialist Dr Angela Morrow on a heart rate controlled application for use with children undergoing painful procedures. Recent exhibitions include The Heart Library Project, exhibited this year in the Group Therapy group exhibition at FACT (Liverpool, U.K.), and MoCA Taipei (Taiwan, 2012), ThetaLab presented at ISEA2013 (Sydney), and Cardiomorphologies presented at the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, 2007, and InBetweenTime 2006, at Arnolfini (U.K.).

George Poonkhin Khut and James Brown, “AlphaLab”/“ThetaLab”, creative neurofeedback participatory event, 2013. Photo: James P Brown


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