Rachele Riley is a designer and artist living and working in Urbana, Illinois (USA). Her multimedia work investigates the relationship of conflict and place, and its reconciliation within visual culture. She develops a personal approach to design, incorporating poetic and methodical processes with a focussed investigation on the collection, generation and manipulation of data. Her work engages the context of print, drawing, video and animation, map making, and web-based forms, and embraces the performative and collaborative. She has received support through research grants from the DigitalGlobe Foundation, the USA Projects Open Match Fund, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, the University of the Arts, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Her works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad—at the SIGGRAPH 2014 ‘Acting in Translation’ Art Gallery exhibition (curated by Basak Senova) and, in 2013, at the ‘Praxis and Poetics’ conference exhibition at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, UK. She has published in the journals, Studies in Material Thinking, Special Issue: Visual/Textual (2015), Leonardo/Journal of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (2014), Print Magazine (Regional Annual, 2008), and in the book, Motion Design (Woolman, 2004), and presented her research at a number of conferences over the years, most recently at the CUMULUS Milan: The Virtuous Circle (with Joshua Singer), Nordic Design Research (NORDES): Design Ecologies, Art and Cartography Commission ‘Mapping Ephemeralities,’ and at DesignInquiry: NoQuo in Vinalhaven, ME (all 2015). Her design research project,‘The Evolution of Silence’ (an exploratory web-based map of the Nevada Test Site), was recognized by the 18th Annual Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in NetArt.
She is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the critical design research group, Different Data (with Joshua Singer and Dan McCafferty). From 2013–2015, she served on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry—a non-profit educational organization dedicated to researching issues in design in intensive team-based gatherings and publishing its outcomes. She holds a a Master of Fine Arts in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005), a Vordiplom in Kommunikationsdesign from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany (2001), and a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from New York University (1994).
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For more information on her art and design work, visit her portfolio site, liaison.
For an introduction to ‘The Evolution of Silence,’ her continuing design research project on the impact of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, read An Introduction to The Evolution of Silence.
For insight into the collaborative work of the critical design research group, Different Data, please read Different Data Detroit (+Stockholm).