Character Assassination

• Tue 18 04 2017 •
Call for participants Michael Portnoy

Deadline 12 03 2017

The Academy of the Arts of the World is looking for Cologne-based individuals willing to participate in the newest performance of artist Michael Portnoy. If you have a sense of humor, don’t take yourself too seriously and have a personal Facebook or Instagram account, please send an email asap (until 12.03) to There are several ways you can participate, the most minimal being simply becoming friends with us on Facebook. 

Character Assassination is a new performance by Michael Portnoy in which YOU, the audience, are hoisted and smeared by the fumes from your own data trails. Welcome to the hazy, new world of alternate facts and hybrid media wars, where anybody can be hacked, any source can be tainted. It doesn’t matter what you say or think, what matters is how it all looks in a certain yellow light. All your social network friends and followers are in on the conspiracy, everybody is guilty and there is no definitive proof of innocence, unless you’re made of teflon. But teflon is made of carbon and fluorine, which is also yellow. Taking the form of a satirical TV news program, and mixing muckraking, muckfarming, and good ole-fashioned mucking about, the show refracts the base, authoritarian tactics of eroding democracies, and skewers the post-fact quicksand we’re presently drowning in. If the real self has been overwritten by the fake self then why not treat the fake self as a speculative fiction with twenty different heads each trying to outdo the other?

Concept and Direction: Michael Portnoy

Writing: Dan Fox & Michael Portnoy

Deadline: 12 03 2016

Date: 18 April 2017 um 21 Uhr

Place: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz (Aachener Str. 5, 50674 Köln)

In English

The performance is part of symposium Extreme Centre, organized by the Academy of the Arts of the World 18-19.04.2017

MICHAEL PORTNOY is a New York-based artist. Although rooted in performance, his work employs a variety of media – from participatory installations to sculpture, theater, writing and video. His work has been presented internationally in such venues as Witte de With (Rotterdam), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris), dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel), and The Kitchen (New York).