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.
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"
Directed 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, 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.
E.S.P. TV has held over 85 live taping events internationally and has aired over 100 episodes to date. In addition to our live tapings and screenings, we have initiated the TUBE Archive as a means for republishing works and ephemera from early artist-based engagements with broadcast media. In Fall 2014, E.S.P. TV built a mobile broadcast van and in April 2015, we toured across the United States in partnership with organizations and artists across the nation. UNIT 11, a yearly residency program in transmission and electronic arts, launched from this same news van in Spring 2016.
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.
Image still credit: E.S.P. TV at Knockdown Center, Queens, NY 2015