December 22, 2017 - Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius - Michael Portnoy launches
December 22, 2017

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Courtesy Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius.

Michael Portnoy launches
December 22, 2017

Michael Portnoy launches
December 22, 2017

A new form of one-on-one, online participatory-psychic-scrambling! The process is one part co-scripted fever dream, two parts disorientation massage, three parts abstract therapy, and a pinch of schizo-LARP. Wrixling was created to re-scale, off-rail, and side-soup that negligible entity formerly known as “self.”

Participants are invited to register for a private, 25 minute-long videochat session with one of six Directors of Behavior. Each Director is highly trained in the techniques of Wrixling, as well as individual specialties including Gender Terracing, Transcursive Drawl and the Empathic Spittoon.

During the session, the participant will co-operate upon their (im)personal histories, lingo-scaffolds, ancestral-fields, and fetish-nodes through a series of high-level language games and world-bending exercises. The results? We have no idea! But here is what Wrixlers have to say…

“Hyper-paced! Tropospherically-unsettling! Obscenely utopic!”

“Therapy is to Wrixling like looking at art is to having art call all the contacts on your cellphone and tell them that you’re obsessed with fish mirrors and revolving aprons.”

“For many years, I couldn’t stand what passed for conversation. And then I discovered Wrixling…”

“When life gets confusing, we get confusinginger.”

Watch Directors’ testimonials and more on

Michael Portnoy 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 curation. He has presented internationally in museums, art galleries, theatres and music halls.

Language and additional writing: Dan Fox
Dramaturg: Joanna Ruth Evans
Directors of Behavior: Todd Colby, Carlos Drengler, Michael Portnoy, Lorelei Ramirez, Riley Soloner, Jon Wan

Wrixling is commissioned and produced by Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London)— Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Wrixling is supported also by The Lithuanian Council for Culture and The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.

Wrixling is co-produced by Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw.

Curated by Virginija Januškevičiūtė

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