Kip's Desert Book Club
January: Death Vally in '49

616 The January 4th Book Club meeting will be featuring the book Death Vally in '49 by William Lewis Manly (and also be a party to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday!). This is a detailed chronicle of a man's migration from Virginia to the gold fields of California during the gold rush of 1849. What makes this bona fide desert literature is that the core of the book depicts the risky trip across Death Valley his wagon train attempted in the middle of winter. The ethical problems that rose to the fore will give us much to talk about. Keep an extra book mark handy so you can quickly refer to the excellent end notes, they are super informative. If you are pressed for time, chapters 9-14 are the ones you want to focus on for their harrowing desert survival stories.

Winter programming at the HDTS HQ


The HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley is a place for artists, craftsmen, musicians, visionaries, and friends from our community to showcase their creative work – plus we distribute local information, HDTS gear, postcards, and more.  Open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm and Sunday 9 am to 12 noon at 7028 Theater Road in Yucca Valley. (Look for us near the Crystal Cave) 

See you at the swap meet!

Announcing the 2015-16 Postcard Series

We are excited to announce the final selection for the 2015-16 HDTS Postcard Series! There were so many great submissions, thank you to everyone who sent in an image. It was difficult to narrow it down to only 12 but we got there. This year our featured artists include:

Julia Barbee, Jae Choi, Karina Faulstich, Ken Lee, Raul J Mendez, Dylan Palmer, Tyler Quinn, TJ Tambellini, Cori Williams, Nick Williams, and Joe Zaldivar

All proceeds from sales of the postcards support future HDTS projects and programming. They can be ordered from our online shop or purchased at the HDTS HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley: Saturday 9 am–1 pm and Sunday 9 am–12 pm. Postcards are also available locally at bkb ceramics and The End. Stay tuned on Instagram @highdeserttestsites to hear where they will be carried in LA so you can make sure to get them in time to stuff in a stocking!

Announcing HDTS Editions: Shannon Ebner
launch event november 21, 2015
regen projects, los angeles


High Desert Test Sites is pleased to announce a new limited edition print by Shannon Ebner.  This is our very first fundraiser edition, and we are beyond thrilled to be working with Shannon–a HDTS veteran who has been involved with High Desert Test Sites since the early days. 

Landscape Incarceration (HDTS Print Edition) revisits Shannon’s first project with High Desert Test Sites in 2003, in which she set up a series of large cardboard letters to create this image in the desert.  The resulting photograph was originally printed as a newsprint edition, available to HDTS 3 attendees free of charge.

Michael Ned Holte writes, "In Landscape Incarceration, the eponymous phrase is staged as a running barrier along the desert horizon. We view the letters from behind, cheap scaffolding and all. The disorientation slyly reflects the eroding border between private interiority and public exteriority. Ebner's language, whether borrowed or not, is quietly derived from private meaning but speaks volumes when placed in the imaginary, if wholly artificial, space of the public. In turn, her photographs bear witness to the construction of meaning itself, however ephemeral or involuntary."

Shannon Ebner
Landscape Incarceration (HDTS Print Edition), 2015
Archival pigment print on slickrock metallic
11 x 14 inches
Edition of 10 (+ 2 AP)
Courtesy of the artist
Contact HDTS to purchase.

Please join us Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2–4 pm for a viewing and launch event at Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.  RSVP.

HDTS Editions are offered to directly support High Desert Test Sites operations and programming, and to honor contemporary artists whose work embodies everything we believe in.  Edition artists are selected from our growing roster of over 400 artists who have presented projects with High Desert Test Sites since its founding in 2002.

Co-founded by Andrea Zittel in 2002, High Desert Test Sites is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports intimate and immersive experiences and exchanges between artists, critical thinkers, and general audiences – challenging all to expand their definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.   HDTS programs include guides to the high desert’s cultural test sites, immersive excursions, solo projects, workshops, and publications.

Special thanks to Shannon Ebner, Devon McDonald-Hyman, and Regen Projects.

Wildflower Sound Cannon: Panspermia
Adrienne Adar & Bob Dornberger
november 21–22, 2015
This workshop, led by Adrienne Adar and Bob Dornberger, combines an introduction to native plants, working with clay, and artillery. Join us on November 21–22, 2015 as we make and launch seed bombs made from clay gathered from the dry lake bed and native seeds. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9AM –1PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 9AM –12PM
HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theater Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

This project is supported in part by a grant from James Irvine Foundation - Arts Regranting Program/Inland Empire at The Community Foundation, Strengthening Inland Southern California through Philanthropy.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.