Returning to the RAC for a second year, Art(ists) On The Verge 10 (AOV10) showcases art experimentally practiced at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture, created out of a mentor-based fellowship program for five emerging Minnesota-based artists. From the subtleties of atmosphere to a journey through a mind-palace that seamlessly melds art and technology, AOV10 explores themes of surveillance and conformity, algorithms as AI and time travel.
Art(ists) on the Verge is an annual exhibition program that mentors artists to incorporate more technology into their art practice with the intention of fostering increased audience engagement and participation with their work. In this exhibition art does not sit on the walls but is activated by the viewer. Across all five installations, the art is interactive, immersive, and requires the viewer to engage in order to function as an artwork. RAC and Northern Lights are proud to share these innovative works with Southeastern Minnesota and the surrounding community.
Included in AOV10:
Lindsy Halleckson’s You Are Sky is an exploration of atmosphere, space, and the illusionary boundaries created by us. Three complimentary sections offering interpretations of sight, sound, and temperature all serve to explore our perceptions of where feeling and places end and begin.
Thoughts and Prayers by Essma Imaday transports the viewer into a space to consider the problematics of “group think” that is perpetuated under totalitarian regimes, similar to Syria, where she grew up. Reflecting both the joy and energy of belonging and the shock and terror of being forced by the group, the viewer is prompted to seek others to join them by making an image whole and moving through rituals.
The narrative thread of Kathy McTavish’s Swarm begins with her background in mathematics. An algorithm becomes a maze of light and sound bathes the viewer in a code that envelops their senses and questions the relationship between man and machine. The algorithm in its entirety is then patterned unto quilts, further disguising the union of the machine and the hand.
Chris Rackley’s childhood informs Does Your Shoe Have a Boy Inside? Viewers peek, play and climb inside the imaginary world a boy stuck in a back storeroom of his father’s shoe shop. From the miniature to the gigantic, shoe boxes as large as a room and as small as a dollhouse toy provoke the viewer to consider how memory works and how these memories shape us.
Khadijah Muse’s work encourages the movement and exchange of both ideas and knowledge. Within the work, people move through sections filled with questions, shapes and art in a quest to connect to one another throughout the process of participating. Having migrated from Kenya as a child, Muse creates a space to consider what is gained and what is lost when moving to a new country no matter where the viewer is from.
Art(ists) on the Verge is produced by Northern Lights.mn and codirected by Piotr Szychalski, Steve Dietz, and Mike Hoyt.