Bold Expressions of Creativity: ICA’s New Series of Random Acts Films Commissioned by Channel 4

The ICA launches its new programme of short artists’ films today as part of the Random Acts project in association with Channel 4. Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, first launched in 2011. Since then it has showcased over 600 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their radical and vibrant approach to filmmaking and artistic practice. The ICA’s new series opens with the screening of Gail Pickering’s Karaoke (2013) first in line. The programme continues into early 2014 with works by artists Duncan Campbell, Steven Claydon, Elizabeth Price and Mark Aerial Waller.

The ICA’s 2013/14 series of short films reflect the Institute’s strong reputation for championing artists’ films and moving image in genres including dance, animation, video art, spoken word and music. This project aims to support both established artists and emerging talent by giving them the platform to create their own work unfettered by the constraints of producing pieces for conservative arts television.

This runs parallel with the Institute’s new nation-wide programme of Artists’ Moving Image beginning in January 2014 with a screening of Turner Prize winning artist Laura Prouvost. This new network nurtures the development of Artists Moving Image and hopes to expand its growing audience with an accessible regular programme of art film screenings and events.

The ICA’s new series of Random Acts films will be available to watch at as well as

1. Steven Claydon, Grid and Spike, 2013, SD video, colour, sound, 3 min