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ACMI announces Universal Everything’s Beings

Beings: Curious characters born from code come to ACMI this September, Beat, 4 March 2024

Meet the curious characters of Beings: ACMI’s playful world premiere experience by Universal Everything opens May 22.

Endless play abounds at ACMI this winter, as world premiere exhibition Beings comes alive on 22 May to 29 September 2024. Comprised of 13 artworks drawn from the 20-year career of international art and design collective Universal Everything – including the premiere of four brand new artworks – Beings features an assortment of curious characters born from code.

Beings at ACMI

  • 13 artworks drawn from the 20-year career of Universal Everything
  • 22 May to 29 September

 

Move, dance and play to bring captivating creatures to life on large-scale screens, then be hypnotised by vibrant projected artworks that experiment with movement, emotion and colour. Visitors can also learn about the creative process and innovative technology behind the artworks, with hand-drawn sketches on display for the first time.

Springing to life from a single drawn line into a crowd of fantastical creatures, Universal Everything artworks use emerging display technologies as their canvas. They produce vast digital artworks that subvert cinematic CGI, physics simulations and real-time gaming graphics – typically used by Hollywood studios and videogame makers – to craft new forms of moving image.

Created from ever-evolving algorithms, generative installations grow and change in real-time – responding differently to every visitor, every time they visit.

ACMI Director & CEO Seb Chan said: “This is technology with heart and soul. Innovative, interactive, and enriching, Universal Everything’s joyous creations bring warmth and a sense of humanity. Whether you have an eye for design, an interest in new tech or are simply looking for some fun, this family-friendly experience will leave you with a smile. ACMI is the home of endless play this winter – no two visits to Beings will be the same.”

About Universal Everything

Universal Everything was founded in 2004 by Creative Director Matt Pyke. Beginning in his garden studio in Sheffield, England, Universal Everything has grown into a global network of architects, engineers, designers, cinematographers, animators, musicians and developers.

The collective has exhibited their distinctive works around the world, from Seoul to New York, London and beyond. Their collaborations include generative audio-visual apps with Radiohead, interactive spaces with Zaha Hadid Architects and future R&D with Apple.

Beings includes the world premiere of four brand new artworks, including two interactive installations currently in development, and artworks created with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and the LA Dance Project.

A dance series, school events and more

Beings will be complemented by a suite of public programs over winter: late nights; a contemporary dance series featuring Melbourne choreographers, including Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken; school holiday activities; and ACMI Preschoolers – interactive, movement and play-based sessions for children aged three to five years.

Schools can take advantage of this joyful experience to inspire creativity and innovation amongst students. Education resources will provide practical ideas for primary and secondary teachers to support a fun excursion, focusing on character design, imaginative writing, and playful creative arts activities.

Beings runs 22 May to 29 September in ACMI’s Gallery 4. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 19 April, with early access for ACMI Members and school groups. For further details visit acmi.net.au.