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Mobile Mood Lab (Live Audio Description and Tactile Tour)

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Mobile Mood Lab is part of The Big Anxiety Festival 2017. See our website for more info https://www.thebiganxiety.org/

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31 Alfred Street

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The Big Anxiety’s Mobile Mood Lab is a converted ambulance, travelling Greater Sydney throughout the festival. The Mood Lab is equipped with interactive artworks by George Khut, developed in collaboration with Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Mobile Mood Lab Live Audio Description and Tactile Tour with Imogen Yang.

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Khut’s works (Heart Library and Bright Hearts) invite visitors to explore connections between stress, relaxation, breathing and heart rate, using biofeedback controlled interactive sounds and visuals.

Visitors entering the Mood Lab lay down on a specially designed bed, and look up to see an image of themselves floating on the ceiling in a pool of brightly coloured lights. Wireless heart rate sensors record changes in heart rate influenced by stress and relaxation responses – these control the colour, texture and sound of the work: red for faster rates, changing to orange, yellow, green and blue for decreases in heart rate.

The experience is immersive, intimate and mesmerising, accompanied by a live soundtrack of your own heart beat, and sounds that rise and fall with changes in your breathing and heart rate. Afterwards visitors are invited to draw their own maps as a way of processing your experience.

George Khut

George Poonkhin Khut is an artist and interaction-designer working across the fields of electronic art, interaction design and arts-in-health. He lectures in art and interaction design at UNSW Art & Design. Khut’s body-focussed interactive and participatory artworks use bio-sensing technologies to re-frame experiences of embodiment, health and subjectivity. Research interests include tangible and embodied interaction, participatory art and Arts-in-Health.

In addition to presenting his works in galleries and museums, George 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 the ‘BrightHearts’ research project – a collaboration with Dr Angie Morrow, Staff Specialist in Brain Injury at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kids Rehab, that is evaluating the efficacy of his interactive artworks as tools for helping to reduce the pain and anxiety experienced by children during painful and anxiety-provoking procedures.

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