"Art(ists) on the Verge 10," a showcase for emerging Minnesota artists, opens Saturday at the Rochester Art Center.

The exhibition, which features the work of five artists, moved to Rochester last year after eight years in the Twin Cities. The artists are part of an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program, and their work explores the intersection between art, technology and digital culture.

The works are intended to be interactive and participatory.

The exhibition is produced by Twin Cities-based Northern Lights.

The featured artists:

-- Lindsy Halleckson, "You Are Sky," which is an exploration of "atmosphere, space and the illusionary boundaries created by us."

-- Essma Imady, "Thoughts and Prayers," which "transports the viewer into a space to consider the problematics of group think that is perpetuated under totalitarian regimes."

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Artist Kathy McTavish works on installing her exhibit "Swarm" at the Rochester Art Center Wendnesday. Several artists are busy installing their work as part of the AOV10 exhibit. (Ken Klotzbach/kklotzbach@postbulletin.com)

-- Kathy McTavish, "Swarm," uses an algorithm to create "a maze of light and sound that bathes the viewer in code, enveloping their senses while it questions the relationship between man and machine."

-- Chris Rackley, "Does Your Shoe Have a Boy Inside?" Viewers will peek, play and climb inside "the imaginary world of a boy stuck in a back storeroom of his father's shoe shop."

-- Khadijah Muse's exhibit invites people to "move through sections filled with questions, shapes and art in a quest to connect to one another throughout the process of participating."

The opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the art center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE. An artist panel talk will be presented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16. 

"Art(ists) on the Verge 10" runs through Feb. 8.

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