From the renegade woman of silent cinema to the actors challenging representation today, Goddess celebrates the collective power and resilience of women on screen.
Curated by ACMI Curator Bethen Johnson, Goddess features 150+ objects including 20+ iconic costumes, behind-the-scenes material, props and sketches, presenting audiences with unexpected stories behind significant screen moments.
Goddess arrives as the screen industry is undergoing a long-awaited reckoning. By re-examining cinema history through a feminist lens, this exhibition charts the evolution of women’s representation on screen and reframes the stars and stories we think we know.
Chronicling the representation of women across 120 years of cinema, Goddess focusses a lens on extraordinary talents, celebrating the boundary-pushing actors who have shaped and challenged our views of womanhood through film.
Premiering at ACMI, April 2023, Goddess tours internationally from April 2024.
VR and App Content
Textiles & Costumes
Paintings Drawings & Prints
Manuscripts Books & Maps
Film & Sound
Available Package Options
Collection and interpretation
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• 150+ objects, artworks and sketches, including behind-the-scenes material and photography, with the option to include local content.
• 20+ iconic costumes.
• Option to add loval content.
• 5 large scale projection moments
• 2 Immersive projections
• 3 large LED video wall moments featuring a curated selection of visual essays comprising film clip highlights and supercuts.
• 5 Bespoke embedded projections (PICO)
• Entry portal: In Her Words.
• Interactive: Goddess in the Machine
• Exit portal: Walk Out with a Goddess.
Design: itemised content lists, 2D + 3D design concept and guidelines, exhibition text in English and bespoke mannequins.
AV & ICT: most equipment and hardware for digital displays and experiences, ready to play content, subtitle-ready digital files. Note: curved projection screens not touring.
Interactive: infrastructure, display and playback hardware technology.
Marketing: comprehensive style guide and a selection of approved assets for tour.
License & Rights: for exhibition content, digital assets cleared for international use (excludes AV content).
Merchandising & Publication: access to ACMI bespoke product and the full colour 200+ page exhibition publication produced in collaboration with publishers Thames and Hudson.
Tour management & support: ACMI Touring staff expertise and onsite support and training during installation and deinstallation.
GODDESS IN THE MACHINE (INTERACTIVE):
Created by Junior Major in collaboration with artist Jess Herrington, this playful digital interactive was inspired by visions of a future Goddess.
Goddess in the Machine allows visitors to engage with, distort and manipulate a real-time video of their face by trying on a wearable artwork. Artist Jess Herrington has created a series of abstracted masks using Stable Diffusion – a text-to-image AI – which have then been adapted into 3D digital filters. Visitors can choose a mask, download their portrait onto their device, and share it on social media. A social interactive, whereby visitors can watch others self-adorn and experiment as well as participate themselves. Three individual stations have been created, with audience interaction lasting approximately two minutes.