• Posted June 26, 2014
    Author: Rachele Riley
    June 26, 2014

    Greetings! I have two recent announcements to share for 'The Evolution of Silence'—

    This April, 'The Evolution of Silence' was selected as an Official Honoree in The 18th Annual Webby Awards in the NetArt category! 


    The Webby Awards is hailed as the 'Internet's highest honor' by The New York Times. Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), it is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. With 12,000 entries received from all 50 US states and over 60 countries, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 15 percent of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement.

    Also, 'The Evolution of Silence' will be included in the SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery this August! The exhibition will take place from August 11–14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, and is held in conjunction with the annual 2014 SIGGRAPH Conference—an International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. (http://s2014.siggraph.org)

    The theme of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery is "Acting in Translation."
    From their open call: 'Translation indicates a detached and forward movement from the source. It is also a freeing act, which paradoxically contains a burden of responsibility for the source. Therefore, this movement has limits and fine borderlines, yet it could designate "more" than the source. Translation is a call for other realities and also another way to see other realities. Translation can also blend "fact" with fiction by blurring the difference between them. In this vein, "translation" as a term could be interpreted in multiple ways on different layers of perception. While this term indicates a mechanical act, it may also refer to global and local societal developments such as resistance movements, alternative economies, information leaks, migration flows, mobility, etc.'

    I am very excited to be showing in this context. This time, instead of showing it from a monitor screen, I will be projecting onto a floating screen constructed at an angle. The goal is that the landscape and map will appear as an extension of the space and the user. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, August 12 from 2–3:30 pm and I will be giving an Artist Talk on Wednesday, August 13.

    For more information on the exhibition and 2014 Art Gallery Jury, here is a link to SIGGRAPH's Art Gallery: http://s2014.siggraph.org/submitters/art-gallery-acting-translation

    Thank you to everyone for all of your support! Thank you to Danniel Gaidula, my incredible Technical Consultant and Developer. 

  • Posted November 21, 2013
    Author: Rachele Riley
    November 21, 2013

    The fundraiser ended in October, and thanks to all my wonderful supporters, I raised a total of $3,827 for my project! Part of the funding has already covered the costs of working with web developer, Danniel Gaidula. We have completely revamped and refined the web-based archive. This is a significant programming achievement. 'The Evolution of Silence' (www.evolution-of-silence.net) requires that over 900 individual images be processed at once (to form the aerial tiling of the landscape), and as other image, video, and audio layers are revealed it can become very intense for any system. We developed a unique approach to the design and coding, and I am happy to say that is now live and working!

    I invite you to explore:


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  • Posted September 17, 2013
    Author: Rachele Riley
    September 16, 2013

    Thank you everyone—my amazing friends/family and committed supporters! I am happy to announce that the basic project costs for ‘The Evolution of Silence’ are now FUNDED! Thanks to you, the web-based archive’s most pressing programming needs are covered. I look forward to inviting you all to participate and to contribute to the project via the web-based layer that your donations made possible. Cheers to you and many, many thanks!

    Now that I have reached my initial fundraising goal of $3,200, all contributions that come in will directly fund the project’s exhibition. I am hoping to raise a maximum amount of $9,700 to fund the exhibition's production, installation, marketing and printing needs. I met with curators and historians last December in Las Vegas to discuss scenarios for exhibiting the interactive work, along with solar prints of the mannequins and other interpretations of the crater-marked landscape. One of the possible exhibition venues is the former downtown Las Vegas JC Penney Co. store—exactly the building where the mannequins were dressed and prepared before the 1953 Annie nuclear test.

    This next phase to the campaign aims to extend the project beyond the web and to truly realize its full potential. Please continue to share the project’s fundraiser link with your friends and peers, and please consider making a donation to fund its installation and exhibition.

    Thank you for making the project’s web launch and exhibition possible! I am so grateful to you all for your generosity and support.


An exploratory Web-based archive, non-linear map and interpretation of the impact of nuclear testing in Yucca Flat (Nevada Test Site).