Join Space Place for the Wellington premiere of XYZZY, an immersive art-based planetarium show created by leading contemporary artist Jess Johnson and director Simon Ward.

Developed through a decade of creative work, Johnson’s hand-drawn compositions are transformed by Ward into an animated web of flesh mandalas, self-replicating architecture, undulating worms, hallucinogenic patterns, and messianic alien deities.

The dynamic visual atmosphere is charged with 90s-inspired electronic synthesiser tracks from musicians Andrew Clarke, Luke Rowell, Stef Animal and Lachlan Anderson. Sound design by Lachlan Anderson and mixed by immersive sound artist and film score engineer, Graham Kennedy.

The psychedelic, musical odyssey recently won best Art Film 2024 Dome Under Film Festival in Melbourne and premieres in Wellington this April.

XYZZY Wellington Premiere

Space Place presents two screenings on Friday 5 April at 7:30pm and 9pm. Each show begins with a talk from director and animator Simon Ward.

Tickets are limited.

Book here


  • 22.00


  • Fri 05 Apr


  • 7:30 pm


  • 40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington 6012