FACT Liverpool and Jacqui Davies commission Channel 4’s Random Acts strand

From 27 September on Channel 4

October 26 – Performance and talks at FACT

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.

They are among the 25 artists that have been commissioned and curated by Jacqui Davies and FACT Liverpool 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.

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.

Mike Stubbs said: “We have curated a series of extraordinary, surprising and challenging three minute films with a variety of exciting and well-known artists, as well as some real talents to watch.

“FACT is Britain’s primary new media centre, and to commission short works from artists of this calibre is a great opportunity to move beyond the conventional gallery space, and increase our reach as art moves outside the building.”

Jacqui Davies: “ Curating 25 films for Random Acts presented a chance to work with some of the best and most exciting international artists practicing today. In the programme of works there is no house style or dominant aesthetic, just fantastic work ranging from poetic to intensely political, subversive, mischievous, awkward, aesthetic, minimal, to down right sexy…”

Tabitha Jackson, commissioning editor for arts at Channel 4 said, “We are delighted that our first partnership with FACT has resulted in such an extraordinary set of films.  Long may it continue!”


The full list of artists includes:

Marina Abramovic, Dangerous Games

John Akomfrah, [TBC]

David Austen, Happiness

Richard Billingham, Siberian Tiger

Dara Birnbaum, Kojak/Wang

Minerva Cuevas, TV Add

Shezad Dawood, Trailer

James Franco, Dream

Johan Grimonprez, I May Have Lost Forever my Umbrella

David Hall [TBC]

Lucy Harvey, A Song of my Youth

Lewis Klahr, The Moon has its Reasons

Mark Leckey, Pearl Vision

Rachel Mayeri, Primate Cinema: Movies for Monkeys

Haroon Mirza, This content was transmitted to 1st April 1985

Shahryar Nashat, nee Bruise Left Edged

Martha Rosler, Because this is Britain

James Richards, Today

Semiconductor, Some Part of Us Will Have Become

Zineb Sedira, End of Life

Stephen Sutcliffe, Players’ Edition

Sarah Wood, Three-Minute Warning

Mark Wallinger, Ever Since

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Monsoon



View the films here: