A Showcase event hosted by Kirsty Wark on Monday 11 November 2013, celebrating both the completion of the ten short films commissioned by Channel 4 for their Random Acts artist film strand and the partnership between BALTIC and NFM through which the films were made.
The event showcased an exemplary boundary-challenging and multi-partner project, offering guests the opportunity to learn first-hand from the institutional and creative players involved.
Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark, the evening included:
• A cinematic screening of all of the NFM and BALTIC Random Acts films
• In-conversation discussions with a selection of the artists and filmmakers involved, revealing the creative process and discoveries involved in making their Random Acts films
• A panel discussion with distinguished guests Tabitha Jackson (Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4); Alison Clark-Jenkins (Director, North and National Director, Combined Arts at Arts Council England); and director, writer and artist-filmmaker Chris Shepherd.
Random Acts is a short-form, late night daily arts strand on Channel 4. It launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold expressions of creativity. Adopting a ‘television as art’, rather than television about art approach, Random Acts enables a diverse range of established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. These short films disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to: spoken word, dance, animation, visual art and music.