George Khut wins $75,000 new media prize - Art Collector

George Poonkhin Khut, Distillery: Waveforming, 2012. Courtesy: the artist

7 August 2012 | George Poonkhin Khut is the winner of the $75,000 National New Media Art Award, run by Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

“His winning entry
Distillery: Waveforming, which will be acquired for the QAGOMA collection, consists of a clip-on heart monitor, tablet computer and a program that shows the viewer a visual interpretation of their beating heart,” explains the gallery’s acting director Suhanya Raffel.

“The judging panel said Khut's work poetically explored the interactions between the mind and body, and art and science. By visually displaying the viewer's heartbeat the work instantly responds to their changing reactions, creating a continuous biofeedback loop.

“The work was originally developed as a relaxation training system for managing the pain and anxiety experienced by children undergoing medical treatment. The judges commended Khut's creative approach to experimental research, and the great potential it showed for other applications.”

Khut was selected from a field that included Kirsty Boyle, Karen Casey, Robin Fox, Ian Haig, Leah Heiss, Ross Manning and collaborative duo Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders, a relatively young field for the rich purse on offer.

The finalists exhibition continues at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane until 4 November 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

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