Eden's Edge, 9 Shorts on the Californian Desert
Gerhard Treml & Leo Calice
july 25, 2015


Please join us for a screening of Eden's Edge, 9 Shorts on the Californian Desert.  Vienna based artists Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice developed a series of short films together with an interdisciplinary team of researchers (Elisabeth Marko, Christina Linortner, Edith Schwarzl) to explore the narrative nature of landscape and how everyday stories and mythologies are enacted in them.

Eden's Edge features one of Hollywood's most iconic landscapes, the Californian desert. Tightly connected to movies and myths relaying the American meta-narratives of the Wild West, the new frontier, and the land of opportunity, this particular landscape is reinterpreted by Treml and Calice's short films based on the life stories of its actual people.

The visual settings follow a stringently maintained master-plan. We see bird eye-views of minimalistic scenes, meticulously arranged in gray desert sands, usually furnished with but a few props keeping the protagonists in far distance, however, conteracted by the their close accounts on desert life.

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 8:00 pm
The Palms Restaurant and Saloon
83131 Amboy Road

Wonder Valley, CA

Kip's Desert Book Club
The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 - Jane Poynter
august 3, 2015

562 Biosphere 2 (Image: Aurora Tang)

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a hermetically sealed dome in the Arizona desert with 7 other people for 2 years? Jane Poynter knows, and she tells the fascinating story in her book The Human Experiment: Two Years and 20 Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.  Was it a cult? Was it science? Let's meet at Nancy Kleine's cabin and talk about it on August 3, 2015 at 7 pm.

From downtown Joshua Tree, head east on Hwy 62, turn left on Sunburst, right on Golden, left on Border and keep an eye out for the Pole and Del Oro street signs. Turn right on Winters Road (sign is on the left side of road), and look for the white "Book Club" sign. Drive about 6 miles and Nancy will be on your right after you pass Mile Square Road. 

From 29 Palms, travel west on Hwy 62, turn right on Sunfair and continue past the pavement where the road turns into Coyote Valley, go about 3 miles and turn right on Winters. Nancy's white cabin will be on the right, after you pass Mile Square Road.  

This will be an outdoor meeting, so bring your folding chairs if you have them.  See you at Nancy's cabin with lots of windows!

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7 PM
Nancy Kleine's Cabin
North Joshua Tree, CA (see driving directions above)

This is the eleventh meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club Learn more about this monthly gathering.

HDTS: Epicenter
Green River, Utah
october 9–12, 2015


High Desert Test Sites and Epicenter are excited to present the list of artists participating in HDTS: Epicentercoming to Green River, Utah October 9–12, 2015!  

Participating artists include:

Steve Badgett
Alyse Emdur & Michael Parker
Butchy Fuego
Kathleen Johnson & Mark So
Nicole Lavelle
Charles MacQuarie
Allan McCollum
Jordan Topiel Paul & J. Gordon Faylor
Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp & Raivo Puusemp
Cyrus Smith, Alison Kinney, Daniel Nickerson & Matt Takiff
Bennett Williamson

...stay tuned for more!


This project is made possible through support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah's Emery County Travel Board,  Robber's Roost Motel, and individual private donations.

HDTS      Epicenter

Kip's Desert Book Club
Vermilion Sands - J.G. Ballard
july 6, 2015


Many thanks to Ken Sitz for suggesting the fantastic book of short stories by J.G. Ballard, Vermilion Sands, for our July 6th book club meeting. It will transport you to a futuristic desert resort community, where clouds are carved by sailplanes, sculptures sing, and mysterious women in long flowing dresses float silently in the dark. Equally impressive will be our meeting place, the Glass Outhouse gallery in Wonder Valley. Laurel and Frank are eagerly awaiting our arrival.

Drive 4 miles east of the town of 29 Palms on Highway 62 and turn right on Thunder Road, where you will see the "Book Club" sign and the gallery sign. The water tank painted to look like a giant Pepsi can is a good landmark to watch for too. If you pass the airport, turn around - you went too far.  Ladies, don't forget to wear your longest, flowiest dresses! Resort wear for gentlemen is highly recommended. I look forward to sharing this special book, and a cocktail with you on a warm summer evening. 

Monday, July 6, 2015, 7 PM
The Glass Outhouse
Wonder Valley, CA (see driving directions above)

This is the tenth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club Learn more about this monthly gathering.

Far Enough Away
conversation and closing event for a vast furniture
june 20, 2015


Far Enough Away is a conversation about the concept of transposing the frontier, presented in conjunction with the final weekend of A Vast Furniture, an installation by Carmen Argote at Iron Age Road in Wonder Valley.

Looking at both proximity and distance from the center of development within the sprawling Los Angeles landscape at various points in time, the program will begin with West Hollywood of the 1920s, and follow a horizontal line eastward to El Monte of the 1950s and Wonder Valley of the 2000s. These three locations are brought together as places where radical ideas were afforded space to flourish, and as destinations for those seeking to be far enough away yet still close to the city of Los Angeles.

Speakers include Carribean Fragoza, Michael Ned Holte, and Stephanie Smith.  UPDATE (6/19/2015): Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stephanie Smith will be unable to join us. However, we are excited to announce that Reanna Alder has been added to the roster of Far Enough Away presenters!

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:30 pm
The Palms Restaurant and Saloon
83131 Amboy Road

Wonder Valley, CA

This program is held in conjunction with A Vast Furniture, an installation by Carmen Argote - closing this weekend at Iron Age Road! Be sure to check out the installation before heading to the Palms–the artist will be at the project site from 6-7 pm. (Be prepared for hot temperatures at the site. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat!)  Learn more about A Vast Furniture.

A Vast Furniture is presented by High Desert Test Sites and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, and is organized by Anthony Carfello, Adam Peña, and Aurora Tang.