E.S.P. TV: The Shop / Poet Transmit

Closing event for official office


September 3, 2015, 12-8pm

The Shop: 12-6pm

Poet Transmit: 6-8pm

On September 3, E.S.P. TV will present The Shop / Poet Transmit as the concluding event to official office. official office is the most recent installment of Recess’s online residency, Analog, which provides sustained, virtual space for rigorous contemporary projects that challenge traditional presentation.

Continuing official office’s bootleg broadcast experience, a simulacrum of the shared exchange that live TV offers, E.S.P. will turn Recess into a shop by day, and a live simulcast reading by night. The artists will recontextualize the ritual shopping experience and reframe it as a multi-channel broadcast where recitation and exchange become the currency for acquisition.

From 12-6pm, the artists will transform Recess into The Shop, an extension of artist and writer Cat Tyc’s multimedia project, Consumes Me. Full clothing racks will be installed inside Recess. Visitors will be welcome to take articles of clothing in exchange for one of their own, composing a text about a piece a clothing, recounting a memory of a beloved article of clothing, or reciting an excerpt of Tyc’s text which focuses on the invisible labor of clothing production. Each exchange demands a connection between the visitor and object. This mirrors the circuitous psychology underlying clothing production and consumptive desire.

Live footage collected by Anna Troupe of clothing manufacturers at work in a 24-hour plant in Bangladesh will be projected inside The Shop. The live broadcast feed will be operated by E.S.P. TV from their mobile television van parked outside Recess. Their live television production contrasts with the type of production found in the plant, by focusing its lens on a transaction of goods, texts and ideas inside The Shop.

From 6-8pm, Recess will become the site for Poet Transmit. Continuing the connections between broadcast, memory and object initiated by The Store, the evening will segue into a series of live readings and performances. E.S.P. TV will live mix, manipulate and broadcast these performances both within the space and to the other participating Official Office spaces located around the world. Poet Transmit is a nod to Soho’s historic role as nexus of artists like Nam June Paik, Ira Schneider, and Frank Gillette, who engaged in transmission as a way to complicate the relationship between subject, spectator, and television. Participating artists in New York include Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Alaina Stamatis and G Lucas Crane, Stephen Boyer, Billy Cancel, Michael Mahalchick, Ariel Goldberg, Saretta Morgan, and many more. Participating international official office artists include Kristin Reger and Stéphanie Janaina at Casa Maauad in Mexico City. Thank you to production assistants Shannon Duval, Lee Lichtsinn.

About the participants:


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 taping events, we place the control room of the TV studio on center stage, making the means of production a vehicle for performance. We investigate the experience of television through our practice and have built a strong network through artist-to-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 75 live taping events internationally and has aired over 80 episodes to date. E.S.P. TV broadcasts every Tuesday night at 10PM on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) in Manhattan, as well as online at www.esptv.com.

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, Printed Matter, Recess Gallery (NYC); Interstate Projects, Issue Project Room, Roulette (Brooklyn); 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), MoCAD (Detroit MI), General Public (Berlin), STORE (Dresden), Studio XX (Montreal), Kling and Bang Gallery (Reykjavik) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).

Cat Tyc is an artist/writer/filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her music videos have aired on LOGO’s NewNowNext as well as MTVu. In 2006, she was a fellow at the Flaherty Seminar “Creative Demolition: Reconstructing Culture through Innovations in Film & Video” at Vassar College. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television as well as the Brooklyn Filmmakers’ Collective. Most recently, her poetry & fiction have been published 6×6 and Weekday and she is currently an MFA Candidate at Pratt Institute for Writing & Activism.

Her videos have also screened at the CUNY Graduate Center & Anthology Film Archive (NY), Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Kings ARI (Melbourne), MMX Open Art (Berlin), PDX Fest (Portland, OR) & the

Camac Centre d’Art (Paris) and the Brooklyn Museum.

Anna Troupe Anna Troupe is a designer, researcher, and social entrepreneur working to improve the sustainability and humanity of the readymade garments (RMG) industry. Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, her program, ReadyTogether, a social enterprise, focuses on improving gender equality as a first step to sustainability by creating career paths for women in RMG. In Jaipur, India she leads a home-sewing model called Hunar Revolution to build skills and economic empowerment among impoverished women. Both efforts seek to bridge higher education (locally and abroad) with key development partners and industry to comprehensively address the production challenges facing the global fashion complex.

Anna was first connected to Bangladesh through a fabric design competition created to support the rural Sirajganj weaving communities and preserve their traditional craft. Her winning entry became the flagship pattern for Grameen Check in 2011 and was made into clothing and home goods in Japan by the philanthropic design firm, Felissimo. This project went on to support the sale of bicycle- powered water filters and creation of water businesses in rural Bangladesh by Japanese firm, Nippon Basic. In 2013, she consulted with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus on the plight of garment workers, and completed her MSc at NCSU College of Textiles in 2014 before relocating to Dhaka.

official office On July 1, 2014, S T O R E in Dresden launched official office on two shelves in Recess’s office space. Simultaneously, Recess launched official office on two identical shelves in S T O R E’s office space. Over the course of a year, SOMA in Mexico City and Konstanet in Tallinn installed the official shelves in their office space. official office consisted of two shelves. On the left shelf was a monitor with rotating video programming selected by invited official office participants. On the right shelf was a vase with a flower selected by official office participants and a clock set to local time. The project’s proliferation was documented on recessanalog.org, the site of Recess’s online residency program.



This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.