Beings

by Universal Everything

Exhibition

Tickets

Full

$20

Under 35s

$15

Concession

$10

ACMI Member

$10

Student

$10

Child (4–15)

$7

Child under 4

FREE

When

Wed 22 May – Sun 29 Sep 2024

10am – 5pm daily

Meet a colourful cast of characters – and move, dance and play to bring them to life!

Projected larger than life, Universal Everything’s parade of fantastical creatures morph in real-time, responding in unique ways with each interaction. The more you move, the more animated they become.

Made of digital fur, lava, bubbles, vapour and more, these wiggly, jiggly beings are powered by game engines, VFX software and ever-evolving algorithms. No two visits to this exhibition are the same!

For over 20 years, UK-based art and design collective Universal Everything has been creating mesmerising works. They are fascinated by ‘soulful technology’ inspired by nature, human figures and emotions. Beneath the high-end visual effects, their 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 technology.

An ACMI-curated world premiere, including four new works, Beings is Universal Everything’s largest international exhibition to date.

Each visit is a unique adventure, perfect for kids and adults alike!

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Suitable for

All ages welcome.

Where

Gallery 4, Lower Ground
ACMI, Fed Square

Plan your visit

Suggested visit duration

60 mins

School visits

Per student $7
Teachers with student group FREE

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What to expect

Move, dance and play

Create your robotic reflection, make a vibrant ecosystem bloom or become one with your best pal – all with your body movements! Become the artist and artwork in Presence, Symbiosis and Future You.

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See parades, crowds and catwalks

Be mesmerised by a procession of stomping, gliding, trotting and hopping creatures and characters. See them morph, create patterns and bloom into dazzling colours right before your eyes in Migrations, Kinfolk and Maison Autonome.

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Go behind the scenes

It all starts with a single hand-drawn line. From humble sketchbooks to hi-tech screens, learn how the dazzling creatures and characters in Beings were created.

Sketches of sails and fur - making Beings

Take a seat at activity stations

Create your own curious being using shapes and layers inspired by the exhibition’s artworks.

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Take the exhibition home with you

Gotta collect em’ all! Take your favourite Beings home with you by tapping your FREE Lens device on the display descriptions.

A closeup of the ACMI Lens in action

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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Matt Pyke Founder & Creative Director Universal Everything

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Supporting Partners

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.