Rochester Art Center hits reset button
By Alicia Eler 
DECEMBER 6, 2018
One of Dickinson’s first projects was bringing in Art(ists) on the Verge 9, an annual program produced by Northern that presents work by Minnesota-based artists using emerging technologies.
A couple standouts from the show include Ziyang Wu’s immersive augmented-reality installation, which imagines hyper-surveillance in the futuristic fictional city of Los Jing (a combo of Los Angeles and Beijing).

Artists converge in Rochester to display their years long work
OCTOBER 28, 2018
By Holden Krusemark

Artists on the Verge is a mentor-based fellowship for five Minnesota-based emerging artists working at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture.

The program is produced by Northern Lights MN, mentoring artists to introduce more technology in their work for greater engagement and viewer participation.

This year’s five artists included, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Stephanie Lynn Rogers, Ziyang Wu, Areca Roe, and Maxwell Hoagland.

“Coming from this painter’s perspective and jumping into this technology world, which has always been my interest, but never been able to deeply explore it, so this has been such a great opportunity. I was always into the idea of cultural communication and actually cultural misunderstanding, because as a Chinese, a lot of inspiration I have, are from my own background,” said artist, Ziyang Wu.

Each exhibit features some form of technology and interactivity with the audience, based off the artists experiences and emotions with technology.

Art Center on the ‘Verge’ of major opening event
By Tom Weber
OCTOBER 27, 2018

Art(ists) on the Verge is annually one of the most popular art events in the Twin Cities.
The exhibition consists of installations by five artists, all using technology of some sort. Each piece is interactive and requires participation by the viewer. In that regard, AOV9 is definitely non-traditional.
“It’s not hanging on a wall,’” Dickinson said. “You can’t experience the art unless you do something. If you just stand and look, you really aren’t going to get anything at all. If you think of art as something you admire from afar, that’s not what this is.”
The installations:
• “Smarter City 2,” by Ziyang Wu, of New York. Viewers enter a subway station and meet a cast of strange characters. “It’s a selfie haven,” Dickinson said.

The year's best Twin Cities art exhibitions went big
By Alicia Eler
DECEMBER 20, 2018

6. “Art(ists) on the Verge 9”: Five Minnesota artists considered the impact of technology on culture in this annual exhibition, originally planned at the Soap Factory, but moved to the resurgent Rochester Art Center because of financial troubles at the Soap.