• 18​ – 19​ 04​ 2017 •
Michael Portnoy Character Assassination


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?

To see the performance, please register in advance at: The performance is part of symposium Extreme Centre, organized by the Academy of the Arts of the World 18-19.04.2017.

Open call for participation in the performance: here.

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).

Concept and Direction: Michael Portnoy
Writing: Dan Fox & Michael Portnoy

Venue: Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz, Aachener Str. 5, 50674 Köln
Admission is included in the ticket for symposium/day 1
In English