HDTS 2012 Limited Edition Postcard Series

104 We're pleased to unveil our 2012 limited edition postcard series, featuring original images by: Diane Best, Berenika Boberska, Brian Bosworth, Coco Hall, Bettina Hubby, Flora Kao, Nicole Panter, Charlie Powers, Karl Schiffman, Aili Schmeltz, Claire Tompkins, and Tracy Tynan.

The postcards are now available online - individually for $1 each, or as a set of all 12 for $10. 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the HDTS 2012 Postcard Project!  We received 284 submissions and far more really wonderful images than we ever expected!  Thank you!

Sun Children: Call and Response
Object Control
june 20, 2012


High Desert Test Sites presents a day of sun-sound performances on the summer solstice, led by Object Control, the Los Angeles based collaborative project of Matthew Horne and Mark X Farina.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1 pm - sundown
Andy's Gamma Gulch
Pioneertown, California

Using performance as conversation, Sun Children: Call and Response invites artists to explore the idea of spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction between speaker and listener, in which all of the statements ('calls') are punctuated by expressions ('responses') from the listener.  In these planned or impromptu conversations, the sun calls via amplified radio signals received by an onsite radio telescope, and the artists respond through experimental music, dance, voice, or other performance.

Community Action Center / C.L.U.E., Part I
A.L. Steiner
June 9, 2012

73 Stills from Community Action Center (2010) and C.L.U.E., Part I (2007)

High Desert Test Sites presents a screening under the stars!  Join us Saturday evening, June 9, 2012, for a special outdoor presentation of A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s feature-length video Community Action Center and robbinschilds and A.L. Steiner's video and performance work C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part I.

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8 - 10 pm
A-Z West
Joshua Tree, CA

BYOB (blankets - and chairs!)

Free (donations welcome and appreciated!)

RSVP and directions at info@highdeserttestsites.com

HDTS Scout

We’re very excited to welcome Katie Bachler to Joshua Tree as our first HDTS Scout!

The HDTS Scout Residency is dedicated to learning more about the people and places that make up our diverse and ever evolving community.  Our Scout will maintain a “Scout’s blog” on the HDTS website – and will have a home base setup in the back room and archive of the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree.

Drop into the HQ and meet Katie, our steadfast and effervescent inaugural Scout, who can be found in her base camp at the HQ making maps, hosting conversations, and baking bread – in between her off-site adventures around town and out in the field.

Katie has a lot in store for the next few months, including:

-a series of talks featuring local experts -  joining together to create a web of knowledge
-a research library and archive documenting the many spaces, places, plants, and people that make up this special region
-casual conversations with drop in visitors over tea
-site visits and field trips around town

Check out the Scout’s Blog to see what Katie’s up to! 

Demolition Party - Thank You!!


A HUGE THANKS to everyone who came out to Wonder Valley to deconstruct and bid farewell to HDTS 2011's Yucca Crater by Ball Nogues Studio.  Tearing down the Crater safely, efficiently, and effectively was a seriously massive undertaking, and each and every set of hands toward the endeavor made a big difference!

A very special thank you to Kip Fjeld, the mastermind behind the demolition!  Thank you for your incredible brainstorming, organizational skills, enthusiasm, and overall dedication to the effort …not to mention the amazing guacamole!

Thank you Mac for working with Kip ahead of the other volunteers to safely fell the crater!

Katherine Ball, you are awesome - and managed to keep a smile through all the sweat! 

Hannah Stearn, our truly wonderful A-Z West Host Intern - we're SO happy you're back!

Lucas Alexander Wrench, we can't wait for you to get back out here this summer, as our new A-Z West Intern!

Kate Moxham & Douglas Tausik, you guys REALLY stuck it out -  You are amazing! 

Steve Winawer, a longtime friend of HDTS, thanks so much!

Julia Buckley, so wonderful to see you out here--and thank you!

Elizabeth Folk & the UCSB/SBCC crew, you SAVED our lives--just when we didn't think it could happen

We are SO grateful!