Collaboration with Jason McDermott & Greg Turner
Distillery: Waveforming, a prototype iPad app that responds to changes in heart rate and breathing patterns, emerged as part of George Khut’s residency at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2011, as part of the BrightHearts Research project with Dr Angie Morrow at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab.
Comprised of a clip-on heart monitor, laptop and iPad , the work invites audiences to explore connections between mental, emotional and physiological phenomena, using a combination of slow breathing and quiet attention to produce resonant, wave-like oscillations in heart rate (0.1Hz). These changes in heart rate drive the appearance of the iPad based artwork: layers of luminous, continually morphing geometric form.
The accompanying video portraits document participant’s recalling the various thoughts, emotions and sensations that emerged during the course of their interaction with the work, revealing the range of associations and self-representations people bring to their experience of work.
In a medical context, Khut’s app is being developed as a tool to help children to regulate feelings of anxiety and distress associated with, painful clinical procedures. Reconfigured for interactions in gallery context, this work demonstrates the unique, even wondrous, spaces opened up between mind, body and computer — reminding the audience of their own life force, and what is revealed when we direct our attention quietly inwards towards the most basic elements of being.