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National New Media Art Award 2012

George Poonkhin Khut | Distillery:  Waveforming (Portrait of Estee) 2012

George Poonkhin Khut, Australia b. 1969 | Distillery: Waveforming (Portrait of Estee) 2012 | Still from video portraits of sitters interacting with heart rate controlled composition software for iPad | Photograph: Julia Pendrill Charles | © Courtesy: The artist

3 August – 4 November 2012 | GOMA | Free admission

2012 National New Media Art Award Winner

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art congratulates George Poonkhin Khut winner of the 2012 National New Media Art Award.

The selection committee members said that Khut’s winning entry Distillery: Waveforming 2012 poetically explored the interactions between the mind and body; 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 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.

The selection committee also highly commended Kirsty Boyle’s Tree ceremony, which they said engaged beautifully with the history and cultural implications of robotics; and Robin Fox’s CRT: h’ommage to Léon Theremin, a subtle re-viewing of an obsolete media, and a sophisticated yet playful interactive installation.

The judges all noted how difficult the selection process had been due to the exceptionally high standard of work this year, and congratulated the curators and all the exhibiting artists.The National New Media Art Award is the most significant new media award in the country.

2012 National New Media Art Award

The biennial award program comprises the $75 000 New Media Art Award and exhibition of shortlisted artists; as well as the $25 000 Queensland New Media Scholarship for an emerging Queensland-based artist. The Award and exhibition showcase the work of leading Australian new media artists. The award-winning work will be acquired for the Queensland Art Gallery Collection. 

2012 short-listed artists and works:

The 2012 Award winner will be announced on 2 August and the Scholarship recipient will be announced 22 October.

Selection committee:
The 2012 National New Media Art Award selection committee comprised:

  • Suhanya Raffel, Acting Director, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
  • Amy Barrett Lennard, Director, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Daniel Crooks, new media artist

National New Media Art Award archive:
2010 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award
2008 Premier of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award

Programs and events 

Artist panel discussion        
6.00pm Wednesday 1 August
| Cinema B, GOMA
Join a panel of the National New Media Art Award shortlisted artists as they talk about their works on display and discuss contemporary new media art. Chaired by Peter McKay, Curator, Contemporary Australian Art and Amanda Slack-Smith, Assistant Curator, Australian Cinémathèque. Free, no bookings required.

For media enquiries contact the Gallery's media unit:

Amelia Gundelach | Senior Media Officer
T: +61 (0)7 3840 7162 | M: 0404 994 985 | Email
Kendall Battley | Senior Media Officer
T: + 61 (07) 3842 9421 | M: 0478 479 820 | Email