Universal Everything


A study of human behaviour on a mass scale

Tribes is a study of human behaviour on a mass scale. Thousands of tiny people move in sync, forming connections, creating collective patterns on the landscape, and seemingly sharing common goals in this moving image artwork.

The film allows a duality of perspective. Pictured from above, the human figures in these ever-changing mass simulations are living artworks, barely distinguishable from one another. Together they create a fluid movement of colour, with the crowd’s behaviour revealing patterns that are only visible from a distance. Yet viewed close up, the individuals that make up the crowd are revealed, each following a unique trajectory in their shared environment.

Tribes continues Universal Everything’s longstanding lines of enquiry into choreography and rules of human behaviour. Informed by the complexities of crowd dynamics, the moving image artwork explores autonomy, self-organisation and group interrelationships. It questions the impact a crowd can have on an individual within it, creating an impression of the universality of human behaviour.

Tribes was originally commissioned by the Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul.


First screening as part of Fluid Bodies at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul in 2018-2019.

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions,  Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, February 2019.

Hyundai Motorstudio Seoul/Goyang/Beijing, from 16 May 2019.

Compass: Navigating the Future, Ars Electronica Centre, Linz, Austria, from 27 May 2019.

Desire Lines, Brighton Digital Festival, UK, 12-27 October 2019.

Hyundai Drive-In Concert, Goyang, South Korea, May 2020.



Edition of 6 with 2 artist proofs


Creative Director: Matt Pyke, Mike Hughes
Animator: Chris Perry
Sound Designer: Simon Pyke (Freefarm)
Senior Producer: Greg Povey

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