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Pasadena’s inaugural LASER event, First Light, is co-organized by the Fulcrum Arts and ArtCenter’s Williamson Gallery, and will feature the following presenters and conclude with a networking wine/beer/cheese reception in the gallery’s current exhibition, Mars: Astronomy and Culture. The presenters are:

Simon Penny
is an artist, theorist, curator and professor in the field of Digital Cultural Practices at UC Irvine where he founded the Arts, Computation and Engineering (ACE) graduate program.

Lita Albuquerque
is an internationally active installation artist, sculptor, and painter acclaimed for her ephemeral and permanent artworks focusing on astronomical relationships and alignments.

Robert Hurt
is a physicist and member of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) at the California Institute of Technology. Since 2006, he has hosted a video podcast called The Hidden Universe and often speaks on the subject of using new media to communicate science and astronomy.

Christopher O’Leary
is a photographer and media artist living in Los Angeles. His current research project Cloud Chambers studies the aesthetics of cosmology through documentary photographs, and algorithmically generated visualizations.

Sarah Rara
Los Angeles-based artist and poet working with video, sound, and performance, whose practice includes a focus on human-technology relationships. Her work in progress is SYZYGY, an astronomical term used to describe objects “yoked to the sun.”

Jay Marx
is a Caltech experimental particle physicist who in recent decades has been involved in several of the highest-profile physics projects in the country, and was most recently the executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

Williamson Gallery
ArtCenter College of Design (Hillside Campus)
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103