Not as simple as it sounds - concerto -

Bodies, history and sound in a collision of echos

"Not as simple as it sounds" is a participatory device branching from historical events and functioning as a mournful/celebratory yet playful ‘opera’ divided in 11 happenings.

Performance artist Ivan Lupi offers an intimate yet powerful act of mourning dedicated to each one of the estimated 100,000 homosexuals who have been arrested, abused and killed during the Holocaust. The artist will repeatedly play a triangle instrument for eleven days, in order to reach 100,000 strikes and beyond.

You are invited to come and witness, as well as participate in playing the hanging triangles.

The open-ended improvised nature of the evolving soundscape, paired with the sense of extreme challenge taken by the artist are the main features of this work, where time, bodies, history and sound collide producing echoes of meaningfulness and making us reflecting on ‘why should we care’ about such poignant topics.

Organised with the contribution and support of the Italian Institute of Culture Melbourne, City of Melbourne Art Grants, Testing Grounds and Scott Lawrie Gallery.

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Event & ticketing details


English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating 75%

Dates & Times

WHEN 1-11 Feb | Mon-Sun 7am-1pm


FREE No ticket required


Testing Grounds

Market Square, 391 Queen Street, Melbourne CBD

Get directions


Melbourne Central or Flagstaff


19, 57, 59 to stop 7 | any Swanston St tram to stop 7

Event notes


Australian Premiere


Non seated event or long periods of standing

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