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E.S.P. TV is a showcase of primarily NYC-based experimental music, video art and performance, taped before a live audience.
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.
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.
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E.S.P. TV is a nomadic showcase of primarily NYC-based experimental music, video art and performance and produced for Manhattan Neighborhood Network public television. E.S.P. TV formed in January of 2011 out of Louis V E.S.P.  The following year, E.S.P. TV opened a new space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for production of the show, development of the E.S.P. LAB project, and a regular schedule of performances, screenings and special events.

Tapings of E.S.P. TV are in front of an audience with live green-screening, signal manipulation and analog video mixing. The entire night is recorded to VHS and edited into half hour episodes for airing on cable TV in New York City. After airing, the episodes are posted online at www.esptvnyc.com for later viewing.

E.S.P. TV has worked with various venues including: Present Company, The Schoolhouse, La Sala, 285 Kent, Vaudeville Park, Spectacle Theater and Roulette (Brooklyn, NY), Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Liminal Space (Oakland), Queens Nails Projects (San Francisco), Millennium Film Workshop (New York City) as a part of INDEX Festival, Printed Matter (NYC), General Public (Berlin) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).

We need your support as we move into our third season. It's been a hectic year with over 15 live tapings in NYC and several in California, Dublin and at Franklin Street Works in Connecticut. This year has also seen the release of the E.S.P. TV Box Set at Printed Matter in NYC, the debut of and performances by E.S.P. Lab, and screening events at various venues including Spectacle Theatre. 2013 promises to be just as active beginning with a three month residency at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, packed with more live tapings, new series, live performances, plus panel discussions and lectures spanning the worlds of pirate broadcast, worldwide cable access television and the intersections between digital and analog today.

Your money will go towards artist honorariums for performers on the show, travel and transport costs, expendables, equipment rentals, archiving solutions for past episodes, fully functioning lighting and repairs to camera equipment and a plethora of other expenses we face on a day to day basis with producing these live taping events. Your donation will also go towards a series of initiatives we have planned for 2013 including special events programming at the new E.S.P. TV HQ in Brooklyn as well as panel discussions and research surrounding analog media and pirate broadcast. 

Please help us continue to create this ongoing, participatory document of current left-field (and often underexposed) artistic activity in NYC and elsewhere. 

THE PRIZES

$10+

E.S.P. TV stickers and a personal thank you letter from E.S.P. TV

$25+

E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

$50+

Personal green screen portrait at E.S.P. TV HQ 

Plus: E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

This could be you! In video of course...
This could be you! In video of course...

$75+ 

E.S.P. TV crew t-shirt and DVD of 5 episodes of your choice. Plus: E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

Option #1: Basic logo on black
Option #1: Basic logo on black
Option #2: Signal Generator Cross Hatch w/ small logo on back
Option #2: Signal Generator Cross Hatch w/ small logo on back

$150+

Full DVD box set of E.S.P. TV Episodes 1-21 Plus: E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

$250 +

Full, extremely limited edition, VHS box set of E.S.P. TV episodes 1-21 Plus: E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode$

Episodes 1-21 in glorious VHS. Each made by hand. Only other available copy at Printed Matter in NYC. Includes a VHS deck!
Episodes 1-21 in glorious VHS. Each made by hand. Only other available copy at Printed Matter in NYC. Includes a VHS deck!

$500+

Stay over at E.S.P. TV HQ and have free reign of the E.S.P. TV video studio. Plus: Full DVD box set of E.S.P. TV Episodes 1-21 E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

$1000+

Director for a day! We will produce your project with our mobile taping setup. Also: Guest of honor appearance on an upcoming E.S.P. TV episode 

Plus: Full DVD box set of E.S.P. TV Episodes 1-21, E.S.P. stickers, pin, thank you letter and thank you in the credits of a future E.S.P. TV episode

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of E.S.P. TV are primarily financial. Without support to keep our mobile studio equipped with cameras, converters, and expendables such as video tape and lighting, the project suffers. Much of our current out of pocket money is going towards other expenses such as transport, rentals, and payment to performers; barring us from keeping our equipment up and running. If we were not able to cover these costs the show would indeed go on, but would surely suffer. The money from this fundraiser also goes to extra costs due to the amount of programming we have planned for this spring at the Museum of Art and Design. Expenses to cover transport, flights, and special/more elaborate sets will all be covered by this Kickstarter. Failure to meet the goal would mean scaling back and reducing the scope of these programs, though not their end.

As the show is taped and mixed live to VHS in one take, there is always the danger of technical failures on any given episodes. A failing deck or sound issues can ruin our document of these live tapings. We run backup VCR decks and field recorders alongside our main recording devices as a preventative measure.

In nearly two years of taping we have overcome the majority of these occurrences and delivered 21 episodes with many more waiting in the wings to be cut for TV. Our network of people who help with the show extends beyond our regular staff to friends in post production, audio and video recording and many related fields who can assist in case of such emergencies.

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