A giant inflatable performance-installation celebrating voices from the frontlines of gender.

Cochlear invites you to whisper loudly into the inner ear of the public.

Enter a winding cavern of interlocking tubes and passages, culminating in the spiral vortex at the centre of the inner ear. A world of curving lines, soft-edged chambers, geometric forms, and colour-saturated light.

Inside, strange amorphous puppets invite you to listen deeper to some of the quietest voices in the city.

Created by the need for more safe spaces for trans and gender non-conforming people, multidisciplinary queer artist and gender terrorist OPAL hosts immersive performances inside the huge 15-meter long Cochlear.

Cochlear draws on Snuff Puppets’ 30-year legacy of subversive public spectacles and presenting giant Human Body Parts puppets as symbols of our shared humanity,


11am – 3pm

Friday 10 February 2023
Saturday 11 February

Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
Peppercorn lawn,  St Kilda Rd end of park
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Jo Clifford, Parminder Kaur, Clara Roebuck, Josie Hess, Claire Mulraney, Lily Longman, Kikki Temple

Nick Wilson – Artistic Director, Designer/Builder OPAL – Resident Artist
Ro Bright – Producer

Erin Hall, Daniele Poidomani, Liam Berg, Andy Freer, Caito Zacharias

Creative Victoria, Maribyrnong City Council, City of Melbourne, British Council, Purple Hen Winery, H and M Cafe at The Mag Pie, Daniell Flood, Karen Bryant, Brendan Cooney, Shian Ching Lee and generious Snuff Lovers x


Presented by Melbourne’s LGBTQIA+ Midsumma Festival and Snuff Puppets  


Midsumma x Ignite Melbourne has been supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.