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Artist Talk: Michael Portnoy

Michael Portnoy, 100 Beautiful Jokes, 2010. Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum, photo by Ernst van Deursen

Michael Portnoy, 100 Beautiful Jokes, 2010. Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum, photo by Ernst van Deursen

Join Liverpool Biennial 2016 artist Michael Portnoy at Bluecoat, where he will deliver a talk to Citibank.

Michael Portnoy (b. 1971, Washington, DC, USA) is a New York-based artist. Coming from a background in dance and stand-up comedy, his performance-based work employs a variety of media: from participatory installations to sculpture, painting, writing, theater, video and curating. Portnoy is largely concerned with manipulating language and behaviour as a tool for world-bending – either in his "Relational Stalinist" game structures in which confusion, complication, and ambiguity are used to stretch participants' speech and movement; or his quest to "improve" existing breeds of art through re-engineering.

He has presented internationally in museums, art galleries, theatres and music halls, including recently the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2014); Cricoteka, Krakow, Poland (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2013); The Kitchen, New York, USA (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); 11th Baltic Triennial (co-curator), Vilnius, Lithuania (2012); and the Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2010).

Date

08 March 2016, 6.30pm

Location

Bluecoat
School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BX

Open daily 11am–6pm, Free

www.thebluecoat.org.uk

TicketsFree, booking recommended