Operation Whetstone/Sulky, Nevada National Security Site, USA (1964) Yield: 51 Kilotons of TNT / 37.0826°N 116.3435°W / Peaceful research / Eye altitude: 1,000m / Image date: 2010
Since 1945, there have been more than 2,000 nuclear tests worldwide. Oftentimes the test sites are so remote that people ignore the existence of the events. But the tests do exist. Fallout and radiation have left these sites undisturbed by humans, while it is for that reason that some of them have become animal sanctuaries.
In project Fallout, landscapes containing markings of these tests are assembled. 3D satellite images are constructed by collecting historical coordinate records. A fly-through video game was created with the bomb craters in the Nevada National Security Site, where around 1,000 nuclear tests have taken place.
©Sheng-Wen Lo, Nevada National Security Site, from series Fallout, 2015 / Sound by I-lly Cheng
A fly-through video game was created with images of the bomb craters in Nevada National Security Site. The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), previously the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is home to 928 American nuclear tests. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site was established on 11 January 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices, covering approximately 1,360 square miles (3,500 km2) of desert and mountainous terrain. The last test was conducted in 1962.
Sheng-Wen Lo (b.1987, Taiwan) is a visual artist based in the Netherlands. He is interested in the relationships between people, animals and the environment, attempting to spark off debates. He uses still/moving images, sound, video games and various medium. He received his MA in Photography from AKV|St.Joost in the Netherlands, and MSc in Computer Science from the Computer Music Lab at National Taiwan University. Having also been working as a scientist, scientific values and methodologies are crucial to his works. Sheng will be an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie during 2019 and 2020 in Amsterdam.