This forum celebrates the Random Acts series of commissions – including new commissions from FACT for the strand – and opens up a dialogue about the future of television as a shared space that has the potential to bridge new relationships between socially engaged audiences, curators, creative producers, and broadcasters.
Speakers include Chip Lord, artist and one of the co-founders of Ant Farm; New York-based artist Marisa Olson; Tabitha Jackson (Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4); performances by Ronald Fraser-Munroe and Jeremy Bailey, as well as conversations with artists Zineb Sedira and Sarah Wood, producer Jacqui Davies, as well as FACT’s Director Mike Stubbs and Curator, Omar Kholeif.
Download the full schedule and list of speakers from the Downloads section of this page.
Produced by FACT Liverpool and presented across the UK by the Cross Arts Venue (CAV) Network in partnership with Channel 4, Arts Council England and the Liverpool Biennial.
Tickets are £10/£8 (FACT Members & concessions). Lunch not included. Capacity is limited so advance booking is recommended. BOOK HERE.
See information about the 25 films we have commissioned for Channel 4 at the Random Acts project page.
The Arab British Centre, in partnership with the ICA and Dubai International Film Festival, presents Safar, the most ambitious programme of popular Arab film ever seen in the UK.
A truly original programme for British cinema-goers, this week-long series of classic and contemporary cinema takes audiences on a journey of gripping dramas, subversive comedies and exaggerated melodramas, taking in an array of re-mastered cinematic masterpieces and new releases.
With this programme, we explore a fifty-year period of filmmaking that demonstrates the diversity and complexity of Arab cinema. Focusing on Egyptian cultural production (as the historical epicentre of Arab cinema), the programme also includes recent popular hits from Lebanon and Jordan.
The series avoids presenting cultural stereotypes of the conflicted present without shying away from controversy. Instead, Safar: A Journey Through Popular Arab Cinema invites audiences to experience local popular culture and debate film’s effectiveness in conveying social histories.
Including literary adaptations such as The Yacoubian Building and box office smash-hits such as Bosta, as well as films starring cinematic icons such as Adel Imam, a pre-Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, and contemporary stars Nadine Labaki and Khaled Abol Naga.
Book Tickets now on the ICA Website HERE
Still from Okay, Enough, Goodbye (2011)
Founded in 2011, the Arab Film Festival (AAF) is the only regular festival in the UK that looks at the breadth and scope of cinema produced in and inspired by the Arab world.
The festival was founded to create a platform for emerging and established filmmakers producing cinema within the wider Arab region to circulate their films on a stage that dialogued with the international film circuit.
It seeks to create an ecology for the distribution of Arab cinema in the UK, as well as a meeting point for local and national audiences to dialogue around the wider issues that constitute ‘world cinema’.
Check out some highlights from this year’s programme HERE
Ant Farm, Media Burn (1975)
A critical artist intervention into the hierarchies of broadcast is hardly a novel concept. One needs look no further than the ICA’s current exhibition, ‘Remote Control’, which includes some of these most iconic instances. From David Hall’sInterruptions (1971), considered the very first ‘intervention’ into broadcast in the UK, to Ant Farm’s Media Burn (1975), a lacerating piece that ends with a sports car crashing into a mountain of analogue television screens. There is also Richard Serra’s co-authored short, Television Delivers People (1973), a teleprompter-style work that didactically correlates broadcast television’s consumerist approach – linking content programming to a form of cultural brainwashing.
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