This iconic venue is turning into an underground club with mind-bending performers for one night only

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This iconic venue is turning into an underground club with mind-bending performers for one night only

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Betty Grumble's renowned Grumble Boogie will be a star of the night.
Words by Staff Writer

Move, dance and play in the surreal underground realm of Beings after dark, with some superb performers from RISING, taking over ACMI for one night only in June.

Among 13 eye-popping artworks and installations, this special event brings together local artists, DJs and makers to create good vibrations that make you morph. Dance the night away in our transformed museum spaces and go underground into the Beings exhibition as Universal Everything’s soulful, mesmerising technology merges with live music and performances.

Put on specially-designed playsuits and become one with the wiggly, jiggly night beings, or gather your pals and head to our pop-up arcade space and play classics like South Park Rally, Wipeout, Choplifter and Halloween Harry. Don’t miss this enchanting night of play, movement and therapy for your senses, with food and drinks available to purchase on the night.

ACMI Nights: Beings

  • When: Thu 13 Jun 2024, 7pm
  • Where: Bar & Lounge, Lightwell, Ground Floor (near Flinders Street entrance)
  • Exhibition: Beings by Universal Everything. Gallery 4, Lower Ground ACMI, Fed Square

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Dita (DJ, Indonesia)

  • 7–9pm

DITA began her DJ-ing career in 2014 after being exposed to varying musical perspectives in Indonesia. Bringing her wide range of versatile selections, she journeyed from Jakartan to Balinese dance floors where she now unleashes her musical prowess. Ranging from Proto-House, Disco, 90s breaks, to Balearic, she is known for her nuanced sound curated over the years.

Betty Grumble (roving performer)

  • Performance 1: 8–8.30pm
  • Performance 2: 10.30–11pm

Emma Maye Gibson (AKA Betty Grumble) is a Warrane/Sydney-based performance artist. Largely through the avatar/war mask/love letter/critter of Grumble she engages her body as a hopeful and medicinal site for catharsis and pleasure. Often moving in a genre smash of ritual theatre, autobiography, cabaret, performance art and multi-media, she is a proud ecosexual and believes in art as an action of her spirituality. She has presented work worldwide including at MoMA (NYC), The Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe.

Nina Buchanan (DJ, Australia)

  • 8.30–9pm

Renowned for her powerful live performances, Nina Buchanan’s elemental, intuitive approach to synthesizer music wades through lush melodies, thumping rhythms and atmospheric soundscapes. Her work creates rich emotional landscapes, oscillating between the ecstatic and the melancholic.

Lipelis (DJ, Russia/Ukraine)

  • 9–11pm

Leonid Lipelis is DJ and producer who worked with such labels as L.I.E.S and Public Possession, played festivals as Dekmantel and Lente Kabinet, and co-produced the Hercules and Love Affair album Omnion. Lipelis is well known in a dance music scene for his quirky tracks, remixes and edits, which can vary in terms of genre, tempo and energy, but retain his signature touch. He has played sets all around the world, from Brazil to Japan and Australia.

Samantha Thompson (costumes)

Samantha Thompson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and regional arts advocate based in regional Victoria, Australia. With a highly successful career spanning over 20 years, Thompson is renowned for her vibrant, playful artworks. Thompson has exhibited in numerous galleries across Australia and produced 22 solo exhibitions since 2003. She has also exhibited internationally, and her works can be found in private and public collections.

Harrison Ritchie (roving performer, with dancers)

Harrison Ritchie-Jones is an independent dancer, choreographer and filmmaker based in Naarm, Melbourne. His choreographic practice celebrates dance and is fuelled by a curiosity in techniques from a range of physical practices. Upskilling and blending forms, he uses dance to carve out spaces for absurdity, humour and physical virtuosity to work together in surreal and expressive explorations of storytelling. He has choreographed and offered movement direction for music videos, films, and dance theatre works.

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