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Annie Scanner (ASD)

Annie Scanner, 2019 
308 x 168
1:43, loop
single-channel, no sound 


Images courtesy of The New York Public Library’s Picture Collection, the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, Nuclear Testing Archive, and the National Archives.

Cyanotypes prints were made at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2019. Large collage/layout images were scanned with Processing. Sequence was animated in AfterEffects.

Annie Scanner (ASB)

Single-channel video
Print cyanotypes, scanning with code (Processing)
1920 x 1080
17 sec, loop
Premiered 2019

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Visuals, research, animation:
Rachele Riley
Developed at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 2019. Supported by UNCG’s Faculty First creative research funding.

Special thanks to Casey Reas.

Archival photos are courtesy of:
The National Archives, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, Las Vegas News Bureau, Cahlan Research Library (Nevada State Museum), Nuclear Testing Archive, and the National Atomic Testing Museum.

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Gallery Oneoneone Annex
Another Potato Chip Weekend
Nov 7–12, 2018
Carrboro, NC
Curated by Louis Watts

The Evolution of Silence (Annie Scanner) expands on my web-based project, The Evolution of Silence, Version 1. It is a video being generated by scanning through code, and continues my reflective, intimate and material focus on the dynamics of research, culture, and conflict at the Nevada Test Site—this time featuring the L.A. Darling mannequins. The original archival images are gathered from research visits to The National Archives, and other libraries and exposed via cyanotype and darkroom practices.

The L.A. Darling Co. Mannequins played a unique role in nuclear testing, as part of the Federal Civil Defense program in the early 1950s. Their images offer compelling historical and cultural perspective on the marketing of war, and, acting as a counterpart to the abstraction of the land-based focus of Version 1, point more broadly and across time, to the human toll of conflict. I am interested in creating non-linear visual experiences that re-contextualize familiar images of conflict and our methods of research and engagement.

Annie Scanner (ASC)

The Evolution of Silence (Annie Scanner/ASC)
Single-channel video with sound
40s loop

The Evolution of Silence is a series that visually explores the impact of post-WWII nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. Annie Scanner is the latest version of the project to investigate the material trace of images collected through archival and library research. Combining analog and digital artistic processes—drawing, cyanotype and RC prints are scanned with code (Processing) and formed into compositions and sequences—the work creates an intimate relationship to the materiality of images, specifically to the mannequins used in nuclear testing, and to the human element in conflict. My focus is to create a bodily and poetic understanding of these images, and of the space that conflict claims. A significant part of my project is the re-imagining of visual information and the disrupting of conventions and expectations connected with maps, web- and time-based forms, and the construction of archives. My focus through the years has been motivated by a concern for the ways violence is memorialized and visualized in culture. 

The Evolution of Silence (Version 2)

Generative video (open duration, non-sequential, random)
single-channel
premieres November 8, 2018 at Cucalorus Film Festival
made with Processing
3840 x 2160 (4K) and 1920 x 1080
variable dimensions
2018

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Visuals, research, programming:
Rachele Riley

Archival photos are courtesy of:
The National Archives, Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, Las Vegas News Bureau, Cahlan Research Library (Nevada State Museum), Special Collections Library at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nuclear Testing Archive, National Atomic Testing Museum, DigitalGlobe Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, United States Geological Survey, National Nuclear Security Administration, and Library of Congress.

Sound:
Djgriffin “Gongs & Bells
Plagasul “Ambiences
Rachele Riley (voice and texture)

Special thanks to Casey Reas and Matt Hedt.

Version 2 has been made possible in part with funding from the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Art. Additional thanks to Derek Toomes, Chris Cassidy, Elizabeth Leplattenier, Danniel Gaidula, Dan McCafferty, Justin Lincoln, and Ali McGhee. This project began as part of Casey Reas’s Generative Cinema workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, July 2018.

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Cucalorus 24
Nov 7–12, 2018, Wilmington, NC

The Evolution of Silence, Version 2, expands on my web-based project, The Evolution of Silence, Version 1. It is a video being generated through code, and continues my reflective and intimate focus on the dynamics of research, culture, and conflict at the Nevada Test Site—this time featuring the L.A. Darling mannequins. Made with Processing, an open source coding language developed with the visual arts in mind, the video is not fixed sequentially, but is continuously forming new juxtapositions and compositions from vast arrays of images (traces of snapshots and text fragments)—the archival photos are gathered from research visits to The National Archives, and other libraries (noted in credits above).

The L.A. Darling Co. Mannequins played a unique role in nuclear testing, as part of the Federal Civil Defense program in the early 1950s. Their images offer compelling historical and cultural perspective on the marketing of war, and, acting as a counterpart to the abstraction of the land-based focus of Version 1, point more broadly and across time, to the human toll of conflict. I am interested in creating non-linear visual experiences that re-contextualize familiar images of conflict and our methods of research and engagement. In future installations of Version 2, I will be working towards incorporating multiple scenes/channels and responsive participatory actions.