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I don’t need to explain myself
It’s hard when you first transition
I feel very safe, no body shouts at me in the streets anymore
I’m allowed to be myself
I wish that I wasn’t so scared and fully say what I wanted
Cochlea – a giant inflatable installation celebrating voices from the frontlines of gender.
Amorphous puppets invite you to enter a winding cavern of interlocking tubes and passages, culminating in the spiral vortex at the centre of the inner ear. A world of soft-edged chambers, geometric forms, and colour-saturated light.
Inside the huge 15-meter Cochlea, gender terrorist OPAL presents immersive interviews with trans, non binary and gender diverse locals.
Cochlea draws on Snuff Puppets’ 30-year legacy of giant public spectacles and presenting giant Human Body Parts as symbols of our shared humanity.
Cochlear’s premiered at Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, February 2023
Voices: Jo Clifford, Parminder Kaur, Niki Koutouzi, Josie Hess, Lily Longman, Claire Mulraney, Clara Roebuck, Ash Spittal, Kikki Temple
Artistic Director, Designer, Builder: Nick Wilson
Resident Artist: OPAL
Producer: Ro Bright
Pupppet Builders: Erin Hall, Daniele Poidomani, Liam Berg, Andy Freer, Caito Zacharias
Thank You: H & M Cafe, Daniell Flood, Karen Bryant, Brendan Cooney, Shian Ching Lee
Midsumma x Ignite Melbourne has been supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation