Meet the curious characters of Beings – ACMI’s playful world premiere experience by Universal Everything

ACMI Migrations by Universal Everything in Beings at ACMI 2024 photo by Michelle TranEndless play abounds at ACMI this winter, as the world premiere exhibition Beings by Universal Everything comes alive from 22 May 2024.

Comprised of 13 artworks drawn from the 20-year career of international art and design collective Universal Everythingincluding the premiere of four brand new artworks – Beings features an assortment of curious characters born from code.

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.

“This is technology with heart and soul. Innovative, interactive, and enriching, Universal Everything’s joyous creations bring warmth and a sense of humanity,” said ACMI Director & CEO,  Seb Chan.

“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,” said Chan.

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.

“I relish this opportunity to push our studio practice even further, with some never-before-seen artworks created for Melbourne audiences. And as ever, I’m looking forward to being surprised by unexpected visitor responses to the show. We hope they have lots of fun,” said Universal Everything Founder, Matt Pyke.

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.

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 Pre-schoolers – interactive, movement and play-based sessions for children aged three to five years.

Universal Everything: Beings
Gallery 4 – ACMI, Fed Square, Melbourne
Exhibition: 22 May – 29 September 2024
Entry fees apply

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Image: Migrations by Universal Everything in Beings at ACMI, 2024 – photo by Michelle Tran