Scene News: ACMI curates an immersive experience with Goddess Nights, starting 25th May

ACMI & Crown Ruler present

Goddess Nights

7pm – 1am on select Thursdays

EXHIBITION

Celebrate and experience the collective power of Goddess after dark.

Explore the Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion exhibition after hours with a dynamic, diverse and shapeshifting program of femme-focused live music and performance honouring the women who continuously challenge social narratives, exude fearless creativity, artistry and expertise within their craft.

Set amongst a transformed Ground Floor Lightwell Foyer, Goddess Nights will keep you up late and in good company with a tailored food menu from Hero, beverage offerings from Campari and Handpicked Wines, and extended retail hours.

Thu 25 May artist lineup: DJ JNETT, CD, POOKIE, AYEBATONYE.

Lighting & visuals designed by 3D motion artist Mikaela Stafford, and makeup on the performing artists from Avantgarde MUA Moochi.

Trailblazers. Binary-busters. Agitators and instigators. On and off screen.

Through iconic stories, characters and moments from over 120 years of moving image history, Goddess celebrates the women and gender-transcending superstars who shaped their own roles, took creative control and fought a system that tried to exploit them.

From the swagger of Mae West and glamour of Anna May Wong to the powerful punch of Pam Grier, this ACMI-curated exhibition salutes the groundbreaking achievements and impact of the screen’s leading gender revolutionists. Too often reduced to the status of bombshell, starlet and screen siren, these goddesses remain far more than stereotypes.

Featuring never-before-seen costumes, original sketches, interactive experiences and cinematic treasures, including iconic outfits worn by Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Geena Davis and Margot Robbie, Goddess honours the artists who challenged narratives, defied expectations and transcended tropes.

Whether it’s Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Michelle Yeoh or Zendaya, today’s goddesses unapologetically occupy spaces and roles that shatter glass ceilings, project solidarity and reframe society through essential stories, singular voices and complex characters. They’ve fought convention and an industry built to confine them with collective power and fearless creativity to embody their own heroes and forge their own paths.

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion is curated by Bethan Johnson, ACMI

Artist lineup

Thursday 25 May

DJ JNETT

DJ JNETT

7–9pm

One of Australia’s biggest house luminaries, JNETT has been spinning records and creating heat in Melbourne’s music industry since the early 90s. A heavyweight selector partnered with euphoric stage presence, DJ JNETT is a goddess of house and disco, and has captivated audiences far and wide with her rich knowledge and love of music.

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CD

CD (live)

9–9.45pm

CD has swiftly carved her own lane with a cultivated twist on alternative R&B. Armed with a honey syrup voice, and an evolved palette that touches influences of jazz, neo-soul and hip hop, the soulstress from Melbourne’s western suburbs uniquely evokes nostalgia while probing forward.

SOUNDCLOUD

Pookie

POOKIE (live)

9.45–10.30pm

Producer, songwriter, DJ and composer POOKIE has quickly risen to be one of the most significant figures in the local hip-hop scene, invoking in her work her South Sudanese roots. Changing the face of hip-hop in Melbourne with her ferocious bars and nonchalant attitude, POOKIE marches to her own beat through the music industry, and she’s only just getting started.

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Ayebatonye

AYEBATONYE

10.30pm – 1am

DJ, artist, curator and Founder/Creative Director of Irregular Fit, Ayebatonye Abrakas is best known for her bold and eclectic sonic stylings. Not one to stick to any genre, Ayebatonye’s entrancing sets blend together an array of global electronic sounds rich with afro rhythms, deep percussive drum beats, house, techno, jersey club and more.

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For more information and tickets, visit ACMI