Artist Jay Mark Johnson and popular events newsletter and Web site Flavorpill will present a discussion of the exhibit “Spacetime” as a threshold for both artistic and scientific exploration with a distinguished panel of artists, writers and a scientist at the Edye Stage in Santa Monica Saturday, October 17th.

The discussion “Spacetime: Beyond the Constraints of Perception” is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the Edye Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. The event is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended at panel@jaymarkjohnson.com/.

The discussion will use Johnson’s current “Spacetime” exhibition at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills as the focal point for a broadly inclusive, provocative dialogue.

Johnson produces photographic images that aim to challenge the norms of perception. Using a process that is distinct from conventional photography, he creates works that merge the recording of space and time into a single, linear “spacetime” continuum.

The presenter of the event will be Frances Anderton, the on-air radio host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture program and the producer of Warren Olney’s popular public affairs programs Which Way LA and To the Point. She is also the L.A. editor for Dwell Magazine and a noted speaker on West Coast architecture and design.

The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Losh, a writer, speaker, blogger, activist, and academic who teaches courses on new media and digital rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine, where she is writing director of the Humanities Core Course.

The event panelists include: Barry Barish, a high energy physicist; Shana Nys Dambrot, LA managing editor of Flavorpill.com; and Christopher Finch, an artist, art historian and cultural critic.

Barish is the director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, emeritus at Caltech and the president-elect of the American Physical Society. Dambrot is an art critic, curator and author based in Venice. Finch is a former curator of the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis who has authored more than two dozen books on contemporary art and popular culture.

Johnson’s Spacetime exhibition opened July 16th at ACE Gallery in Beverly Hills and has been extended through October 31st. Information about the exhibition, Jennifer Kellen, director, at (310) 858-9090 or jenniferkellen@acegallery.net/.

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