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Esopus 15 (Fall 2010)


Editor's Note

By Tod Lippy


Self Burial: Television Interference Project, 1969

By Keith Arnatt

These images of the artist sinking into the ground were originally broadcast on German TV.


Episode 124: The Makings of a Meltdown

Interview with Norman Lear by Claire Barliant

Documents relating to a seminal episode of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”


Artist’s Project: Johan Grimonprez

By Johan Grimonprez

“Skyjacker’s Series”: a set of stills from the artist’s film dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y


Not It Anymore

Interview with Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King

An interview with Kudrow and King about their critically lauded HBO show The Comeback


The Lifer

Interview with Larry Auerbach

A veteran director remembers his 30 years working on soap operas.


The End of the World as We Know It

By Jean Passanante

A soaps scribe discusses writing for daytime television—and offers excerpts from a “continuity book.”


Artist’s Project: Alex Bag

By Alex Bag

Two parodic commercial storyboards created for multinational companies


Seat of Comedy

By Mame McCutchin

An appreciation of the essential role played by the couch in the American sitcom.


Artist’s Project: Dara Birnbaum

By Dara Birnbaum

Stills from one channel of the 1990 video-installation Tiananmen Square: Break-In Transmission.


100 Frames: World on a Wire (1973)

Film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder; introduction by J. Hoberman

A series of stills from the recently restored two-part telefilm for German television


Modern Artifacts 7: The Art of Broadcasting

Introduction by Michelle Elligott

This installment of the joint series with MoMA’s archives concerns MoMA’s relationship with TV.


Esopus Invitational: What Would You Like to See on Television?

We posed the question to 25 writers, filmmakers, artists, and critics, from Louis Menand to Liam Gillick.


Angus Trumble’s 1966 In Retrospect

By Angus Trumble

One year. One page. (14th in a series)


Esopus CD #15: Television

Esopus asked Stephin Merritt, Cloud Nothings, Andrew Cedermark, and 7 others to create songs based on the TV show of their choice.


Esopus 15 cover press sheets ready for folding


Esopus event at Museum of Moving Image

Actress Lisa Kudrow and producer Dan Bucatinsky join Esopus editor Tod Lippy to discuss the making of their HBO series The Comeback.

An Evening with Esopus at The Kitchen

A night’s worth of programming at NYC’s legendary performance space related to Esopus 15: Television

“TV/Video” opens at Esopus Space

A group exhibition at Esopus Space held in conjunction with Esopus 15: Television features video works by Alex Bag, Dara Birnbaum, and Johan Grimonprez.