SPACETIME: Beyond the Constraints of Perception - A Panel Discussion, Co-Sponsored by Flavorpill

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SPACETIME: Beyond the Constraints of Perception - A Panel Discussion, Co-Sponsored by Flavorpill
Curated by: Jay Mark Johnson

1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
October 17th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
photography, digital, installation, video-art, conceptual, landscape, figurative


Jay Mark Johnson and Flavorpill Present a Panel Discussion:

SPACETIME: BEYOND THE CONSTRAINTS OF PERCEPTION on Saturday, October 17 at 4pm at Santa Monica College’s Edye Stage.


Los Angeles, CA – September 29, 2000 – Noted artist Jay Mark Johnson and popular events newsletter and website Flavorpill will present a discussion of Spacetime as a threshold for both artistic and scientific exploration with a distinguished panel of artists, writers and a scientist at the Edye Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401 on September 17, 2009 at 4pm. The event is free, but seating is limited, reservations are recommended at


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


Johnson produces photographic images that challenge the norms of perception.  Employing 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 LA 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.  Her most recent book is Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009).


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


Barry Barish is the Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, the Linde Professor of Physics, emeritus at Caltech and the President-elect of the American Physical Society. He is a member of the National Science Board advising the U.S. President on science.


Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator and author based in Venice, CA. Her writings have appeared in Modern Painters, ArtReview, Artweek, Art Ltd, ARTnews,, The Believer, Kotori, tema celeste, Angeleno, Intersection, Juxtapoz and Coagula Art Journal. In addition to her work as LA Managing Editor at, she is also the Features Editor at THE Magazine LA, and the Galleries Editor at TimeOut LA.


Christopher Finch is a former curator of the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. He has authored more than two dozen books on contemporary art and popular culture.  His most recent title, Chuck Close: Work is respected as the definitive monograph on the subject.


On Johnson and Spacetime, Finch writes, “Since he began his studies in 2005, Johnson has already uncovered many possibilities, demonstrating that the process can be employed to record a wide variety of subjects/events. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of his photography is that it tugs photography away from the gravitational pull of Euclidean documentation--which has dominated the field since its beginnings--and prods it towards new and ambitious aesthetic and intellectual goals”


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Jay Mark Johnson’s SPACETIME exhibition opened July 16th at ACE Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA.  The exhibition has been extended through October 31, 2009.  For further information about the exhibition please contact Jennifer Kellen, Director at 310 858 9090 or email

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