See below for artwork credits*


by Universal Everything





Under 35s




ACMI Member




Child (4–15)


Child under 4



Wed 22 May – Sun 29 Sep 2024

10am – 5pm daily

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

Projected larger than life, Universal Everything’s parade of fantastic beings hypnotically morphs between forms and textures, from kaleidoscopic fur to molten lava, water molecules, and more. Once you’ve met the cast of colourful characters, you can move, dance and play to bring them to life. The more you move, the more animated they become. Created from game engines, VFX software and ever-evolving algorithms, massive digital installations appear among generative artworks that grow and change in real-time, responding differently to each interaction so that no two visits are the same.

For over 20 years, UK based art and design collective Universal Everything has created vibrant experiences that mesmerise and enchant audiences. Fascinated by creating ‘soulful technology’, they're inspired by nature, human figures and emotions. Their work explores movement, form and colour to create a world of friendly, hyperreal beings. Beneath the high-end visual effects, the creative process begins with simple hand-drawn sketches. Displayed alongside the artworks for the first time, these drawings reveal the imagination and craft behind the innovation.

Long-time innovators, Universal Everything subvert cinematic CGI, physics simulations and real-time gaming graphics to create super-sized, life affirming artworks and experiences. An ACMI curated world premiere, including four new works, Beings is Universal Everything’s largest international exhibition to date.

Suitable for

All ages welcome.


Gallery 4, Lower Ground
ACMI, Fed Square

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Suggested visit duration

60 mins

School visits

Per student $7
Teachers with student group FREE


Matt Pyke Founder & Creative Director Universal Everything
Matt Pyke, Founder & Creative Director

About Universal Everything

Universal Everything (UE) is a collective of media artists, experience designers and future makers, established in 2004. Using digital screens as their canvas, the studio creates new forms of moving image, interaction and immersive spaces.

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

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*Artwork credits

Beings at ACMI: ‘Tribes’, Universal Everything, image courtesy of the artists.

Beings at ACMI: 'We Are All Unique', Universal Everything, commissioned by Hyundai Motorstudio Senayan Park, Jakarta, Indonesia, image courtesy of the artists.

Beings at ACMI: ‘Transfiguration’, Universal Everything, 2020, image courtesy of the artists.

Beings at ACMI: ‘Maison Autonome’, Universal Everything, image courtesy of the artists.