Heretics Television Workshop
In Heretics Television Workshop, John P. Hogan and David Reich convert Monte Vista into a video production studio, exhibition space, and performance venue in service of creating Heretics Lost, a five episode art-video rock musical miniseries. Heretics Lost tells the story of seven friars, sent to the New World to convert natives to Christianity, who instead find themselves stranded on an island inhabited by feral maenads and a hermaphrodite chimera. The finished video will resemble a live-action cartoon, with actors wearing drawn masks and costumes evoking the flat line quality of Hogan’s drawings.
Earlier incarnations of the story appeared as a 2009 musical radio-play in podcast form entitled Heretics Lost as well as Heretics, a four-part live musical miniseries performed at Machine Project in November 2008.
Scenes from the series will be filmed at the opening reception on July 16 and a live demonstration (featuring the Wall of Drunken Sailors) on July 30. Finished footage will be shown at the closing reception and screening, with the complete first episode screening at Monte Vista upon its completion.
John P. Hogan lives and works in Los Angeles. His work incorporates the ethos and aesthetics of cartoons, illustration, rock music, and amateur theater production. He has staged a rock musical based on a fictionalized history of the state of Florida at Machine Projects in L.A. and released a limited edition vinyl soundtrack album for that play, entitled The Island of Florida: A Foundation Myth with his band, Ponce de Leon. Hogan recently produced a musical-miniseries as an audio podcast called Heretics Lost. He teaches drawing and exhibition strategies at California Institute of the Arts.
David Reich is a director, photographer and multi-media artist. Using his camera like a divining rod, he is drawn to the things that resonate the loudest, be they silly, sublime or surreal. Not tied to actuality, he is always on the lookout for ways to utilize digital and analog techniques to augment reality.