Night Sky
Alison O'Daniel
august 30, 2014, the integratron


Please join us on August 30, 2014 for a very special screening of Night Sky, a film written and directed by Alison O'Daniel, with live accompaniment by The Renderers.  O'Daniel shot this film in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers in 2009-2010, and we are thrilled to present it at one of the very locations in which it was filmed - the Integratron!

Night Sky has parallel, overlapping stories: two girls—Cleo and Jay—travel through the desert while a group of contestants compete in a current-day dance marathon. A small hula-hoop serves as a window between worlds, hovering unnoticed in the midst of the marathon contestants and simultaneously hanging in the desert air. Sound bleeds between the locations, drawing attention to parallel series of events, while locations collapse into one another and places formerly encountered continue to announce their presence.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Screenings at 6PM and 8PM
The Integratron 
Landers, CA

Space is extremely limited - reserve your ticket here!  ($10 general admission, $6 high desert residents) Tickets to the 8PM screening are now sold out!  

UPDATE (8/19/14): Due to popular demand, we've added a 6PM screening!  Tickets will go on sale online Friday,  August 22, at 3PM (PST) at  

(Questions? Please contact HDTS, not the Integratron!)


Night Sky, 2011, 75 minutes

Written and directed by Alison O'Daniel. With Evelina Gaina, Jay Mandell, Deafinitely, Cauleen Smith, Joann Karl, Lucky Dragons, and the voice of Vaughan Rachel.

Cinematography by Tom Clancey
Score by Ethan Frederick Greene
Animation by Lisa Ramsey and Justin Acree
Effects by William Downes and Matt Chea

HDTS 2014 Postcard Project
now accepting submissions


It's that time of year again - we are now accepting postcard images for our 2014-2015 Postcard Project! 

Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards is produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites. They are available on our website, and at a few of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond. (Check out the 2013 and 2012 selections!)

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of all twelve postcard selections. 

Please send all submissions in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to by August 1, 2014.  No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please!

We're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room
Halsey Rodman
opening may 31, 2014, 4-7 pm


Please join us on May 31, 2014 for the opening celebration of Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room, a new project by Halsey Rodman that presents a temporally distributed architectural structure conceived for two locations: the desert of High Desert Test Sites' Andy's Gamma Gulch parcel outside of Joshua Tree, and Art in General's sixth floor gallery in the heart of downtown New York City.  Learn more about this project.

Help install this project!

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room is an Art in General New Commission in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites.

Saturday, May 31, 4-7pm
Andy's Gamma Gulch
Pioneertown, CA

HDTS HQ - Important Update

428 Photo: Brad Hudson ThomasThe HDTS HQ at 6470 Veterans Way will be closed beginning May 2014.

We hope to save up for a more permanent space of our own one day, and reopen the HQ in another location in the future.  In the meantime, you can download a copy of our driving map here, and shop a selection of HDTS goods at our online shop.

Thanks so much to our wonderful HQ volunteers over the years:  Hector Alvarez, Sofia Arreguin, Chris Badger, Jonathan Ballak, Steffi Balcik, Geena Barker, Brian Bosworth, Laurel Bybee, Suzanne Caulkins, Timothy Chinnock, Catherine Davis, Georganne Deen, Bob Dornberger, Matt Dreiling, Emily Ensminger, Tyler Graim, Sarah Harris, Sandy Krause, Chelsea Larkin, Jena Lee, Jay Lizo, Tara Lemasters, Ari Marcantonio, Deborah Martin, Andrea Osojnik, Jamie Poole, Megan Plunkett, Megan Sallabedra, Danielle Segura, Greta Schluenz, Eden Solas, Hannah Stearn, Catharine Stebbins, Angela Suchey, Melissa Tolar, Julie Weiman, Kate Wertheimer, Alexandra Wetzel, Patrick Woody, Lucas Wrench, Kim Zuniga.  

Extra special thanks to Brad Hudson Thomas and Brooks Hudson Thomas for their above and beyond involvement helping to keep the HQ running smoothly and looking good!

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing involvement and support, and stay tuned!  To receive up-to-the-minute HDTS updates, please subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Facebook.

Monte Vista Projects: Spectacular Subdivision
curated by Jay Lizo
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, April 4-6, 2014, 10am-6pm

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, April 4-6, 2014, 10am-6pm
Two sites in Wonder Valley, CA
Site 1: 79017 El Paseo Drive, Wonder Valley, CA 92277
Site 2: Ironage Road, Wonder Valley, CA 92277

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 4
           8pm – Short Sale by Dick Hebdige at El Paseo Ranch
Saturday, April 5
           10am-6pm – SHU by Anastasia Hill at Ironage Road
           1pm – Berlin Open House by Annette Barz at El Paseo Ranch
           10pm – Every New Home: A Ghost by James Cathey at El Paseo Ranch

High Desert Test Sites, Monte Vista Projects, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) present Spectacular Subdivision, a group project curated by Jay Lizo. This three-day exhibition invites artists to reflect on questions of housing and real estate in the aftermath of the 2008 housing market crisis. What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? How has the mortgage meltdown affected artists? How have forms of domesticity and shelter shaped artists' practices?

Spectacular Subdivision stems from the many conversations Jay had with other artists about purchasing a home. These conversations, ranging from the various types of paints used for interiors, to how to expand a house to incorporate a studio, and how to find balance between a living and working space, were simultaneously banal and fantastical. The project both engages and mimics the logic of real estate development as it has played out in the years since settlement began on the edges of habitable space across the Californian desert, e.g. California City in Kern County and Salton City, the failed resort adjacent to the Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley. The call invites participating artists to explore their personal fantasies in tandem with that (il)logic.

The project takes place over one weekend at two sites in Wonder Valley, California, on the fringes of the high desert. Large-scale sculptures are installed in a cul-de-sac formation at the remote, undeveloped Ironage Road parcelAdditional works are on view at El Paseo Ranch, a rental cabin owned by the Sibley Family.

Participating artists include: Matt Allison, Katie Allison, Yuki Ando, Nicole Antebi, Annette Barz, Lara Bank, Allison Danielle Behrstock, James Cathey, Frank Chang, Chelsea Dean, Michael Dodge, Rebecca Bennett Duke, Ken Ehrlich, Patrick Gilbert, Joe Goode, Jenalee Harmon, Anastasia Hill, Dick Hebdige, Oliver Hess, Oree Holban, Olga Koumoundouros, Norm Laich, Jay Lizo, Candice Lin, Clare Little, Justin Lowman, Ben Lord, Nuttaphol Ma, Patrick Melroy, Anna Mayer, Megan Mueller, Ruchama Noorda, Noah Peffer, Nikki Pressley, Ben Pruskin, Nate Page, Carl Pomposelli, Colin Roberts, Marco Rios, Amy Russell, Sam Scharf, Ryan Taber, Emily Thomas, Matthew Usinowicz, Jesse Wilson, and Kim Yasuda.

About Monte Vista Projects:
Monte Vista Projects is an artist-run space in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. Since July 2007, Monte Vista Projects has hosted exhibitions, lectures, events, and performances. The space is self-determining—there is no "manifesto"—but the general aim is to provide a platform for art and conversation in Los Angeles, emphasizing experimentation and artworks that contribute to non-traditional dialogues.

About UCIRA:
The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts is a statewide program dedicated to supporting and promoting arts practice and research across the University of California system.