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.
Television’s influence is still strongly felt, perhaps more than ever, in a Post-Internet age. Synthetic space can surpass the white box and a mediated existence increasingly defines the everyday, yet we still seek physical connection and a reclamation of public space. We stress this desire through our commitment to involving a live audience, promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration between artists on our show, and our embrace of public-access media as a still viable outlet.
E.S.P. TV has held over 75 live taping events internationally and has aired over 80 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.