hdts 2017
curated by aram moshayedi and sohrab mohebbi
october 21-22, 2017

Since 2002, High Desert Test Sites has organized a semi-annual series of roving events that bring together local, domestic, and international artists whose contributions have responded to Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and the surrounding areas. The nature of these works have been for the most part ephemeral, yet even those projects imagined with more solidity and structure have had trouble enduring the elements. For the most part, the history of High Desert Test Sites is preserved in the memory of the participants and the viewers of each edition rather than the landscape.
 
This year’s iteration of High Desert Test Sites is built around An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015, a month-long exhibition focused on the project’s history. In addition, a pseudo-symposium titled The Palm Talks compliments the exhibition with live music and presentations on the topic of non-communities.
 
The Palm Talks includes both local and non-local contemporary thinkers, historians, writers, and artists, whose contributions culminate in a momentary glimpse into our collective state. Set within the context of the legendary Palms Restaurant in Wonder Valley and presented with live musical accompaniment by M. Cay Castagnetto and The
Renderers, there will be a negotiation between language and sound, noise and meaning, music and speech. Participants in The Palm Talks include Fiona Connor, Trinie Dalton,
Gary Dauphin, Steve Kado, Alexander Keefe, Nancy Klein, Annelies Kuiper, Cailin O'Connor, Litia Perta, Linda Sibio, Laura Sibley, Bobby Jesus and Frances Stark, Sam Thorne, James Owen Weatherall, Aurora Tang, and others.
 
An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites presents an incomplete and partial look at the organization’s fifteen-year history, based on the artifacts, ephemera, and facsimiles that have been recovered by High Desert Test Sites and past participating artists. It has prompted a desire to document the organization’s history, to create a living archive of contributions that were otherwise ephemeral and temporary, and to observe the narrative of the gathered material in order to tell the story of the organization, the vast community of artists involved, and the landscape that has witnessed these activities.
 
High Desert Test Sites 2017 is complimented by new projects and contributions by Fiona Connor, Bob Dornberger and Sarah Witt, Neil Doshi, Edie Fake, Glenn-Murray & Co., Oliver Payne, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, and Ry Rocklen.
 
A publication for the exhibition will be available as part of the Saturday, October 21 edition of the Hi-Desert Star, a local newspaper that has served the community since 1957.
 
High Desert Test Sites 2017 is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Aram Moshayedi, with Tatiana Vahan, Elena Yu, Vanesa Zendejas, and Andrea Zittel.
 
Special thanks to Ed Ruscha, Michael Rubel and Kristen Rey, Barbara Morse and the Mica Foundation, Linda Janger, Jerry Sohn, David Knaus, Marilyn Pearl Loesberg, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Sebastian Clough, the Sibleys, Kip Fjeld, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
 
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Saturday, October 21
 
6am-2pm
Glenn-Murray & Co.
Sky Village Swap Meet—HDTS HQ*
7028 Theatre Rd, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
(Behind Barr Lumber, off of Old Woman Springs Rd) 
*HDTS volunteers will be on hand with printed maps and to help navigate directions
 
11am-5pm
An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015
Fire House at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252      
 
Community Notice Board: Fiona Connor
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
 
11am-4pm
Trophy Modern Home: Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Ry Rocklen
Trophy Modern Home
Corner of Hillview Rd and Granada Dr Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(Follow signs to the house)
 
1130am, 2pm
Rite of Fall: Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs (with costumes by Nancy Stella Soto, featuring Janai Leeb, Jess Basta, Jiha Lee, and Tany Ling)
Trophy Modern Home, Joshua Tree
 
1pm-3pm                                                       
Hole Foods Pit Stop: Bob Dornberger and Sarah Witt
Fire House at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252      
 
3pm-5pm
Edie Fake with the Glass Outhouse
Glass Outhouse Art Gallery
77575 Highway 62, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
 
545pm
Chill Out: Oliver Payne
Ironage Road Parcel Wonder Valley
From 29 Palms continue east on Hwy 62. Drive 23 miles and turn LEFT at Ironage Rd. Continue straight to destination.
(Ironage Road connects Amboy Road and Hwy 62, is accessible from either.) 
*The sand on Ironage Road is loose. Drive slowly and carefully to not get stuck.
 
7pm-10pm
The Palm Talks 
Palms Restaurant
83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
 
*Free camping in Wonder Valley—please speak to an HDTS volunteer to find out where and always leave no trace.
 
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Sunday, October 22
 
7am-2pm
Glenn-Murray & Co.
Sky Village Swap Meet—HDTS HQ*
7028 Theatre Rd, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
(Behind Barr Lumber, off of Old Woman Springs Rd) 
*HDTS volunteers will be on hand with printed maps and to help navigate directions
 
9am-11am
Community Center Breakfast Fundraiser by Bob Dornberger and Sarah Witt
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
 
11am-5pm
An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015
Fire House at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252      
 
Community Notice Board: Fiona Connor
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
 
1130am
Guided Mediation at Dhamma Dena Vipassina Center
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winters Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(Meet at CMMCC for 5-minute walk to Dhamma Dena)
 
130pm
Table Reading: Neil Doshi 
Andy's Gamma Gulch Parcel Pioneertown
From 29 Palms Hwy turn RIGHT at Pioneertown Rd. Drive about 7.5 miles and turn RIGHT on Pipes Canyon Rd. Drive 2.2 miles and turn LEFT on Gamma Gulch Rd (do not drive over 20 mph on this road). Drive 1.6 miles and turn RIGHT on God's Way Love. Drive 0.4 miles to destination.
 
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Glenn Murray & Co. 
This shop includes a selection of wares and takes place at the High Desert Test Sites headquarters at the Sky Village Swap Meet.
 
An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015
This exhibition presents an incomplete and partial look at the fifteen-year history of High Desert Test Sites, including artifacts, ephemera, and facsimiles. *On view Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm until November 12. 
 
Community Notice Board: Fiona Connor
This project takes a local bulletin board and freezes it in time as a document.
 
Hole Foods Pit Stop: Bob Dornberger and Sarah Witt
This meal is a vegetarian and gluten free gastronomic performance using only a hole in the ground, a swing-set, and a structure that resembles an outhouse. Tickets available at the door, cash only. A portion of all proceeds go to the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center’s fund for a new roof. *This project is supported in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
 
Trophy Modern Home: Ry Rocklen and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
In 2013, Ry Rocklen began creating fully functional furniture made entirely of trophy parts. Rocklen has since expanded the collection to include a couch, club chair, picnic table, coffee table, chess table, benches, bar stools, bed, desk, shelving, and end tables.
 
Rite of Fall: Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs
This site-and-season specific ritual responds to Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring” and the myth of Persephone. This performance pays homage to the pith of the season: harvest and the ensuing darkness, a time to turn inwards, re-group, and rest.
 
Edie Fake with the Glass Outhouse
This presentation includes workshops and performances by Glass Outhouse owner and director Laurel Seidl, Snakeroot Apothecary’s Rachel Burgos and Los Angeles-based musician David Cavazos.
 
Chill Out: Oliver Payne
This performance provides an opportunity to listen to the ambient record “Chill Out” by British acid house band the KLF as the sun sets over the desert. The event begins at 5:45pm sharp. No late entry, no re-entry, no talking, no photography, no phones. Bring blankets and water, switch off, and listen.
 
The Palm Talks
This pseudo-symposium includes both local and non-local thinkers and musicians at the legendary Palms Restaurant. 
 
Table Reading: Neil Doshi
This table reading is a prelude to an actual performance and features scenes from a true story about a utopian building project set in the high desert. 
 
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The Palm Talks
 
Community has become a buzzword for everything from right-wing fraternities, ecological collectives, and Silicon Valley burners to gentrification activists. The very notion of the term brings people together as much as it divides them; it creates a sense of belonging and a case for segregation, shared sets of beliefs and prejudices. More than likely, we are all voluntary and involuntary members of different communities, with contradictory values and conflicting agendas. Therefore, it might be more relevant to think of a non-community, where each and every one of us can be left alone together. But is this possible in today’s political climate? Is there anything left of the social infrastructure that supports operations of the self?
 
The Palm Talks wants to know what the future of our non-community looks like. How can we not belong to a group that would likely take us as a member? How can there
be the acceptance of difference without otherness? These are some basic ideas. The Palm Talks affords an opportunity to think about the groups to which we belong. Particularly in the context of the High Desert and the convergent ideologies represented there, it becomes ever more important to address the notion of community—as well as non-community—through personal anecdotes and oral histories, as well as critical methodologies. There is perhaps no better place to ask these questions than Wonder Valley, where some come to create communities, others to escape them, some a combination of both, and where all rely on the land, water, trees, animals, and everything else that is seemingly common to all.
 
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An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015
 
The exhibition will remain on view from 11am to 5pm on October 21, 22, 28, 29, November 4, 5, 11, 12. Past contributors to High Desert Test Sites include: Alisha Adams, Cristian Alexa, Carmen Argote, Art Queen, Korakrit Arunanondchai, AUDC, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Ellen Babcock, Katie Bachler, Chris Badger, Steve Badgett, Ball Nogues Studio, Julia Barbee, Roxanne Bartlett, Justin Beal, Chris Beas, Andrew Beccone, Josh Beckman, Patterson Beckwith, Bernd Behr, Michael Bisbee, Peter Blackburn, John Bock, bodycity, Ooga Booga, Tom Borgese, Brian Bosworth, Kristen Botshekan, Boychild, Travis Boyer, Muffy Brandt, Kurt Brethauer, Melissa Brown, Chad Brown, Butchy Fuego, Cabin Time, Jedediah Caesar, Leo Calice, Joshua Callaghan, Mattias Cantzler, Moriah Carlson, Bob Carr, Carolyn Castaño, CDTS, Center for Tactical Magic, Don Felix Cervantes, Lea Cetera, Kahty Chenoweth, Feral Childe, Isami Ching, Tim Clifford, Sebastian Clough, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Faith Coloccia, Allen Compton, Pilar Conde, Kate Costello, Annie Costello, Sara Daleiden, Greta Dana, Jodi Darby, dark:30, N. Dash, Angela de la Agua, Dearraindrop, Jeremy Deller, Eames Demetrios, Brooks Dierdorff, David Dodge, Drew Dominick, Léa Donnan, Bob Dornberger, Patrick Doyle, Jim Drain, Nina Dubois, Sid M. Dueñas, Jacob Dyrenforth, Shannon Ebner, Linn Edwards, Shari Elf, Jeff Elrod, Elsewhere (Etc. Collective), Alyse Emdur, Chris Engman, Sam Falls, Mark X. Farina, J. Gordon Faylor, Veronica Fernandez, Cayetano Ferrer, Stosh Fila/Pigpen, Lars Fisk, Kip Fjeld, Forcefield, Anja Franke, Frederick Fulmer, Rainer Ganahl, Christy Gast, Greg Gilday, Delia R. Gonzalez, Laura Grant, Billy Grant, Hannah Greely, Guy Green, Joe Grillo, Katie Grinnan, Maya Gurantz, Wade Guyton, GWC, Investigators, Karl Hahn, Coco Hall, Karen Hallock, Steve Halterman, David Hardy, Catherine Harris, Skylar Haskard, Jonas Hauptman, Mary Beth Heffernan, Joseph Heidebrecht, Tracy Lea Hensley, Jonathan Hernandez, Joseph Herring, Naotaka Hiro, John Brinton Hogan, Dave Hopkins, Bettina Hubby, Michael Iauch, Scott Wayne Indiana, Margot Ittleson, Patrick Jackson, Christopher James, Kristin Beinner James, Giovanni Jance, Joey Jensen, Kathleen Johnson, Dave Jones, K.B. Jones, Saskia Jorda, Tony Just, Chris Kallmyer, Craig Kalpakjian, Harald Kanz, Chris Kasper, Dawn Kasper, Alex Kennewick, Alison Kinney, Mark Klassen, Laura Kleger, Taalman Koch, Sol Kolthon, Alice Könitz, Joey Kötting, Aurora Kross, Joel Kyack, Liz Larner, Fabienne Lasserre, Nicole Lavelle, Paul Lee, Nathan Lieb, Jasmine Little, Jay Lizo, Llano Del Rio, Karen Lofgren, Debbie Long, Marie Lorenz, F. Mathias Lorenz, Charlene Lui, Kera MacKenzie, Rose Mackey, Charlie Macquarie, Ann Magnuson, Adam Marnie, Marnie Weber and the Spirit Girls, Greg Martin, Kelly Marie Martin, Allan McCollum, Danielle McCullough, Hal McFeely, Ryan McGinley, Laura McLardy, Rodney McMillian, Adrian Meier-Dentzel, Scott Melcher, Thom Merrick, Aleksandra Mir, R. Scott Mitchell, Chuck Moffit, Pentti Monkkonen, Miguel Nelson, UuDam Nguyen, Daniel Nickerson, Aaron Noble, Jennifer Nocon, Ingram Ober, Object Control, Alison ODaniel, Yoshua Okon, Scott Oliver, Tara Jane O’Neil, Owen Osborn, Joel Otterson, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Michael Parker, Julianna Parr, Jordan Topiel Paul, Corrina Peipon, Julie Perini, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Kembra Phaler, Michael Phelan, Jim Piatt, Jack Pierson, Scott Pinkmountain, Andrea Polli, Virginia Poundstone, Richard Prince, Courtney Prokopas, Randy Pulombo, Noah Purifoy, Ephraim Puusemp, Kiersten Puusemp, Raivo Puusemp, Ted Quinn, Lisi Raskin, Lucy Raven, Jeff Reed, Richard Rigg, Ry Rocklen, Halsey Rodman, Andrew Rogers, ROLU, Danielle Rubi, Simone Rubi, Aida Ruilova, Eddie Ruscha, Nat Russell, Ben Russell, Gavin R. Russom, Justin Samson, Aaron Sandnes, Julia Scher, Lisa Schonberg, Jay Schuette, Justin Schwarz, Emily Scott, Scout Regalia, Kari Rae Seekins, Mark Sgarzi, Ji Shin, Katie Shook, David Shrigley, Lior Shvil, Victor Sidy, Adam Silverman, Pascual Sisto, Lisa Sitko, Jim Skuldt, Alex Slade, Merete Vyff Slyngborg, Cyrus Smith, Stephanie Smith, Mark So, SPECIFIC, Catharine Stebbins, Ed Steck, Glen Steigelman, Jacob Stein, A.L. Steiner, LeRoy Stevens, Michael Stewart, Gabie Strong, Michael Stuetz, Primitivo Suarez, Eli Sudbrack, Jesse Sugarmann, Matt Suplee, Linda Taalman, Matt Takif, Aurora Tang, Myriam Tapp, The Cake Society, Austin Thomas, Mungo Thomson, Julie Tolentino, Heather Treadway, Gerhard Treml, Tracy Tynan, Kartz Ucci, Piotr Uklanski, United Environment Architecture, Tao Urban, Sarah Vanderlip, Roman Vasseur, Vecinos Artist Collective, Siebren Versteeg, Chris Viet, Leo Villareal, Von Tundra, Connie Walsh, Alex Webb, Erin Olivia Weber, WELCOME PROJECTS, Jonas Wendelin, Olav Westphalen, Russel Whitten, Flora Wiegmann, Landon Wiggs, Cathee Wilkins, Bennett Williamson, Allan Wilson, Sarah Witt, Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, Mette Woller, Women, Wonder Valley Institute of Contemporary Art (WVICA), Patrick Woody, Alice Wu, Amy Yao, Wendy Yao, Chris Young, Andrea Zittel. Names appearing in bold have contributed materials to the High Desert Test Sites archive.

kip's desert book club
the talker by mary sojourner
november 6th, 2017 at copper mountain mesa community center

Author Mary Sojourner, great friend of the Desert Book Club, will be joining us at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on November 6th at 7pm to discuss her new book, The Talker. This is a collection of short stories published this year, and if the rest are as good as the first one I just read, it will not disappoint. If you missed her last October when we featured her book 29: a Novel, bring your copy for her to sign. I look forward to hearing what her next writing project is about and if we are lucky, she just might read to us! —Kip

the insanity principle
workshops with linda carmella sibio
a new monthly program!

HDTS is excited to announce THE INSANITY PRINCIPLE - a series of workshops by Linda Carmella Sibio

These two hour workshops will focus on performance, writing, and contemporary art through a series of techniques designed by Sibio that include fragmentation, interrupters, psychological opposites, and the psychological model as a method of acting. Many of these methods are part of a manuscript by Sibio called "Reflections in a Broken Mirror," which delves into her own personal innovative approaches to art-making. Writing techniques include the cut up method, multiple story lines, pattern and rhythm as methods of structure, and performance approached as a scultural tool as well as through drawings and painting.