Curious characters born from code
ACMI, Melbourne, Australia
May 22, 2024 — September 29, 2024

Beings is the Australian premiere of our new solo exhibition.

Projected larger than life, our procession of fantastic beings hypnotically morphs between textures like kaleidoscopic fur, molten lava, water molecules, and more. Once you’ve met the colourful cast of characters, you can jump, dance and play to bring the artworks to life. The more you move, the stranger and more excited its response becomes. Created from an unending algorithm, some of the artworks in Beings are generative and evolve in real-time, so that no two visits are the same.

Playfully subverting technologies developed for Hollywood studios and videogame makers, Beings brings together 12 of our eye-popping artworks and installations, including the premiere of two new interactive works.

For close to two decades, we have experimented with emerging technologies to create experiences that mesmerise and enchant audiences. Fascinated with creating ‘soulful technology’, our work explores movement, form and colour to create a world of friendly, hyperreal beings. But beneath the high-end visual effects, our creative process begins with simple hand-drawn sketches. Displayed alongside the artworks for the first time, these drawings reveal the thinking and traditional craft behind the cutting-edge technology.

ACMI is Australia’s national museum of screen culture, located in Fed Square, Melbourne.

Beings exhibition dates: 22 May–29 September 2024.


Universal Everything:
Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Executive Producer: Claire Spencer Cook
Interactive Creative Director: Joel Gethin Lewis
Lead Interactive Designer: Chris Mullany
3D animation: Chris Perry, Matt Frodsham, Joe Street, Mark Dearman
Creative Director: Sam Renwick
Sound Design: Simon Pyke
Studio Manager: Simon Thompson
Communications Director: Sam O’Brien
Social Media and PR: Kathryn Hall


Curator: Bethan Lloyd Johnson
Senior Exhibition Project Coordinator: Zoe Horzella
Interpretation: Matt Millikan
Exhibition Design: anita gigi design
Lighting Design: Relume, John Ford
Exhibition Technical Manager: Glenn Willey
Senior Exhibitions Technician: Michael Alonso
AV Technician: Gabriel Bethune
Registrar: Fiona Mowat
Strategic Research Lead: Indigo Holcombe-James
Head of Exhibitions: Melissa Gilmore
Head of Experience, Product & Digital: Lucie Paterson
Head of Communication Design: Hannah Richardson
Senior Graphic Designer: Rob Cordiner
Graphic Designer: Felicity Hayward
Executive Director of Programming: Keri Elmsly
Executive Director of experience & Engagement: Britt Romstad
Director & CEO: Seb Chan

Photography: Michelle Tran, courtesy of ACMI


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