May 24th - 25th:
SONG OF YOURSELVES by John P. Hogan
Automata presents the premiere performances of Visual Artist/Writer/Musician/Performer John P. Hogan's new work Song of Yourselves.
Part performance art, part song cycle, part slide show, part karaoke, Hogan's Song of Yourselves looks at our world through the periscope of image, humor, puppets, text, and song.
As Hogan himself describes the piece: "It's an Irish Wake of sorts for American Exceptionalism. Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Clint Eastwood’s iconic 'Chair Piece,' and the fragmented micromanagement of the self and others through art, poetry, and bureaucracy will all come under consideration.”
Audiences are encouraged to “bring your own barbaric yawp, as festivities will include contextually appropriate songs sung by the audience, live music, and other spectacular delights yet to be determined.”
"John Hogan is a master of satire, wizard wordsmith and passionate performer unleashing his wit all across the land with his illustrated puppets,epic pop songs and interactive shenanigans. I'm a HUGE fan." ---- Anna Huff, aka Anna Oxygen, member of Cloud Eye Control
"I first discovered the work on John Hogan and David Reich when I aired it on my WFMU show in 2009. I found it to be smart, funny, and wholly original."Jason Grode, playwright
John P. Hogan is an artist, writer, and musician based in Los Angeles. His work has been seen at venues including MCASD, Yerba Buena Center, Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon, MAK Center, and Machine Project. His work satirizes the grandstanding of dominant ideologies, with a focus on male anti-heroes in situations that dramatize imperialistic, colonial, and institutional struggles. “I am interested in the integration of entertainment culture with mythology, and the ways this is expressed in American subculture. My performance art evokes populist forms such as Community Theater and garage rock, which resist professionalization and celebrate untrained enthusiasm.”---Hogan
Shows nightly at 8pm
Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Durfee Foundation,The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Metabolic Studio, and The MAP fund