Random Acts

  • 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2013

Artists including Marina Abramovic, Johan Grimonprez, Hollywood actor James Franco, Palme d’Or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Turner Prize winners Mark Wallinger and Mark Leckey will all be making a transition to the small screen with new work as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts.


A total of 25 artists that have been commissioned and curated by FACT and Jacqui Davies in association with Arts Council England for Channel 4's strand of artist-led three-minute films.
All of the artists involved in Random Acts have an interest in television as subject or context, and have made works that embody, expand or reflect on the medium, subverting and challenging its aesthetics and politics.

The series has been curated by Jacqui Davies, independent producer and curator, and Mike Stubbs, director of the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, and features a wealth of internationally established and up-and-coming artists.

The series is scheduled to begin on September 27 with Marina Abramovic's Dangerous Games. Each work will be broadcast on Channel 4 before being made available to view online.

The full list of artists includes:

Marina AbramovicDavid AustenRichard BillinghamDara Birnbaum,  Minerva CuevasShezad DawoodJames FrancoJohan GrimonprezDavid HallLucy HarveyLewis KlahrMark LeckeyRachel MayeriHaroon MirzaShahryar NashatMartha RoslerJames RichardsSemiconductorZineb Sedira, 
Stephen SuttcliffeSarah Wood
Mark WallingerApichatpong WeerasethakulYoung-Hae Chang Heavy IndustriesPhillip Warnell.


Random Acts will be launched, as part of the Liverpool Biennial, with a one-day event of performance and talks at FACT on October 26.
Random Acts: Artist Interventions into Broadcast also celebrates the first anniversary of the series, and will bring together artists and key figures to reflect on the histories of artist working with the medium of television, from early broadcast interruptions to contemporary approaches and the rise of new media.