Dancing in front of the DJ booth at Goddess Nights - Photo by Gianna Rizzo
Photo credit: Gianna Rizzo

ACMI Nights: Beings

in partnership with RISING


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Thu 13 Jun 2024

7pm – 11pm

Frolic in the surreal underground realm of Beings after dark at ACMI.

Revel in the joy and artistry of play with local artists, DJs and makers. Lose yourself in remixes and rhythms; put on specially-designed playsuits and become one with the wiggly, jiggly night beings; enjoy delicious food and cocktails; and head to our pop-up vintage videogame arcade.

Wild things come out to play after dark in Universal Everything's Beings exhibition downstairs. Experience roving performance art, experiment with drawing and witness sound artists experiment with new live scores to Universal Everything's video art.

Don't miss this enchanting night of play and therapy for your senses.


For ages 18+ only

Features smoke, haze and strobe lighting.


Bar & Lounge
Lightwell, Ground Floor
(near Flinders Street entrance)

Exhibition: Beings by Universal Everything
Gallery 4, Lower Ground
ACMI, Fed Square

Please note: The Story of the Moving Image will not be open for this event.

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Accessibility information

Open to people of varying ability.

If you have specific access requirements these can be requested through the ticket purchase pathway, or by emailing ticketdesk@acmi.net.au.





DITA began her DJ-ing career in 2014 after being exposed to varying musical perspectives in Indonesia. Bringing her wide range of versatile selections, she journeyed from Jakartan to Balinese dance floors where she now unleashes her musical prowess. Ranging from Proto-House, Disco, 90s breaks, to Balearic, she is known for her nuanced sound curated over the years.

Betty Grumble - photo by Liz Ham

Betty Grumble


Emma Maye Gibson (AKA Betty Grumble) is a Warrane/Sydney-based performance artist. Largely through the avatar/war mask/love letter/critter of Grumble she engages her body as a hopeful and medicinal site for catharsis and pleasure. Often moving in a genre smash of ritual theatre, autobiography, cabaret, performance art and multi-media, she is a proud ecosexual and believes in art as an action of her spirituality. She has presented work worldwide including at MoMA (NYC), The Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe.

Nina Buchanan (DJ)

Nina Buchanan


Renowned for her powerful live performances, Nina Buchanan’s elemental, intuitive approach to synthesizer music wades through lush melodies, thumping rhythms and atmospheric soundscapes. Her work creates rich emotional landscapes, oscillating between the ecstatic and the melancholic.




Leonid Lipelis is DJ and producer who worked with such labels as L.I.E.S and Public Possession, played festivals as Dekmantel and Lente Kabinet, and co-produced the Hercules and Love Affair album Omnion. Lipelis is well known in a dance music scene for his quirky tracks, remixes and edits, which can vary in terms of genre, tempo and energy, but retain his signature touch. He has played sets all around the world, from Brazil to Japan and Australia.

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and regional arts advocate based in regional Victoria, Australia. With a highly successful career spanning over 20 years, Thompson is renowned for her vibrant, playful artworks. Thompson has exhibited in numerous galleries across Australia and produced 22 solo exhibitions since 2003. She has also exhibited internationally, and her works can be found in private and public collections.

Harrison Ritchie

Harrison Ritchie-Jones with performers Georgia Rudd, Anika de Ruyter and Jon Dinapoli

Harrison Ritchie-Jones is an independent dancer, choreographer and filmmaker based in Naarm, Melbourne. His choreographic practice celebrates dance and is fuelled by a curiosity in techniques from a range of physical practices. Upskilling and blending forms, he uses dance to carve out spaces for absurdity, humour and physical virtuosity to work together in surreal and expressive explorations of storytelling. He has choreographed and offered movement direction for music videos, films, and dance theatre works.

Beings by Universal Everything

Exhibition | Wed 22 May – Sun 29 Sep 2024

Move, dance and play with this interactive exhibition that will surprise and delight all ages.

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Thanks to Haymes Paint for generously providing the Ultra Premium Eggshell paint featured in Beings.

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Crowds of people at the entrance to ACMI during the evening.

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A couple checks out consumes from The Last Emperor in The Story of the Moving Image (image credit: Phoebe Powell)

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