Artplayer.tv is more than pleased to announce that the short film series Random Acts from Channel 4 will be streaming exclusively on artplayer.tv for 30 days after the films’ original broadcast. Artplayer.tv’s partner organisation FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Jacqui Davies (independent producer and curator) have commissioned 25 artists to lead the production of these three-minute short films in collaboration with Channel 4 and Arts Council England.
The first available video to watch on artplayer.tv, Dangerous Games, was produced by renowned artist Marina Abramovic, which can be viewed here.
As part of the Liverpool Biennial, FACT held an event launching the premiere of their co-commissions for Random Acts on 26 October 2012. Jacqui Davies along with Mike Stubbs, director of FACT, helmed the curation of this exciting new series, bringing Liverpool to the forefront of vanguard international short film production. The full list of artists involved include: Marina Abramovic, John Akomfrah, David Austen, Richard Billingham, Dara Birnbaum, Minerva Cuevas, Shezad Dawood, James Franco, Johan Grimonprez, David Hall, Lucy Harvey, Lewis Klahr, Mark Leckey, Rachel Mayeri, Haroon Mirza, Shahryar Nashat, Martha Rosler, James Richards, Semiconductor, Zineb Sedira, Stephen Suttcliffe, Sarah Wood, Mark Wallinger, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
In case your television viewing hasn’t already been interrupted by a Random Acts short on Channel 4 yet, Random Acts describes themselves as: ‘Television as art, rather than about art, Random Acts will enable a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. The short films will disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to, spoken word, dance, animation, video art and music’. In addition to FACT, Random Acts partners also include Vice, Saatchi Gallery, Frieze, Ballet Boyz, Tate Media, Jarman Awards and Film London.
Watch this space to catch the latest Random Acts shorts: www.artplayer.tv/randomacts
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Text by Carol Huston