Through [E.S.P. TV’s] attenuation of processes of production and transmission, they actually draw attention to the cultural construction and the symbolic value, within an artworld context, of televisual liveness.” -Maeve Connolly, "TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television"
E.S.P. TV hybridizes technologies old and new, contemporary and obsolete, to realize the live television studio as a site for performance-based works. Directed and operated by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, E.S.P. TV utilizes a mobile television studio to explore transmission, analog and digital media, and broadcast. Through an ongoing series of live television taping events, and durational installations, we place the control room of the TV studio on center stage, making the means of production into a vehicle for performance. We investigate the language of television through our practice and have built a strong network through artist collaborations. From this ongoing effort, we have amassed an extensive archive detailing these unique explorations of performance, sound, and vision.
To date, E.S.P. TV has held over 100 live television taping events internationally. In Fall 2014, E.S.P. TV built a mobile electronic studio out of a defunct television news van and in April 2015, toured it across the United States in partnership with local artists and arts organizations. Now named UNIT 11, the van hosts a seasonal residency program for the study of broadcast, transmission, and electronic arts.
E.S.P. TV has worked with various venues and institutions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Millennium Film Workshop, New School, Recess, Camera Club, Hunter College Art Galleries (NY, NY); Interstate Projects, Spectacle Theater, Issue Project Room, Pioneer Works, Knockdown Center, Flux Factory, Roulette (Brooklyn, NY); Queens Museum (Queens, NY); Harvard Art Museums, Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Liminal Space (Oakland, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Human Resources (Los Angeles, CA), Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Public Radio, (Marfa, TX), Museum of Human Achievement (Austin, TX), S1 (Portland, OR), Nightingale Cinema (Chicago, IL), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, General Public (Berlin), STORE (Dresden), Studio XX (Montreal), SAW Media Centre (Ottawa), Kling and Bang Gallery (Reykjavik) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).
E.S.P. TV broadcasts every Tuesday night at 10PM on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). Channel 67 in Manhattan, as well as online at www.mnn.org. All episodes are then posted online on our website and Vimeo platforms. E.S.P. TV now also airs on Wednesdays with Comcast Cable 66/966 or Verizon Fios 29/30 in Philadelphia at 11:30PM.
E.S.P. TV is a recognized 501(c)3 non -for-profit organization. We have received grant funding from Franklin Furnace, Wave Farm, and the Augustine Foundation and have been Artist-in-residence at Storefront for Art and Architecture, Pioneer Works, Museum of Art and Design New York, and Recess Gallery. Workshops and lectures have been conducted at Hunter College, Wave Farm, Cranbrook Academy of Art, (MI), Camera Club New York, PNCA (OR), Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (AZ), Parsons/ New School, and Carnegie Mellon School of Art (PA).
Image still credit: E.S.P. TV at Knockdown Center, Queens, NY 2015
Matt Bonner, Julia Biasi, Joe DeNardo, Jeffrey Hagerman, Michael Hernandez-Stern, Lauryn Siegel, Josh Steinbauer, Greg Thomas, Cat Tyc