HDTS 2015 Postcard Project
now accepting submissions!
deadline: october 1, 2015


We are now accepting postcard images for our 2015-2016 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, at the HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet, and at some of our favorite shops in Joshua Tree and beyond.  Sales of the postcards help support future HDTS programming. (Check out the 2014, 2013, and 2012 selections!)

Selected artists will be fully credited for their contributions, and will receive a complimentary set of this year's postcard selections.

Please send all submissions as email attachments in JPEG format (4 x 6”, 350 dpi, CMYK), along with artist name and image title (if applicable) to info@highdeserttestsites.com by October 1, 2015.  Include your first and last name in each filename, using the following filenaming convention: lastname_firstname_1.jpg.  (Example: zittel_andrea_1.jpg.)  No more than 3 postcard submissions per person please!

Thanks so much–we're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this year!

Call for Volunteers!
HDTS: Epicenter
october 2015, in and around green river, ut


High Desert Test Sites and Epicenter are currently seeking volunteers to help host, document, and facilitate HDTS: Epicenter, a weekend long convergence set in the stunning landscape of Southern Utah. Co-organized by High Desert Test Sites and Epicenter, volunteering will give you access to a unique contemporary art experience, working directly with contributing artists to help realize their artworks. If you're interested, email us with a specific role in mind, as well as your availability through the long weekend of October 9th-12th, 2015.

Volunteer Positions:

Assist with art installations, site preparation, and signage installation. Includes postering and promotions. (Preferred dates: October 5th-9th)

We will need friendly faces to help us direct traffic, distribute information, and to ensure that all participants and observers are having a positive experience. Hosts will also ensure that all HDTS: Epicenter attendees leave no trace, leading trash pickups, and directing guests to utilize public lands in a respectful manner.

Documentation & Social Media
HDTS: Epicenter is a vast and dynamic event. Your efforts to help document the experience will help us tell the story to a broader public. Multiple positions available. Please respond with how you would like to contribute, and what equipment you plan to use.

  • Photography and film: High Definition preferred (but not required!)
  • Social media: Help run our instagram for the weekend, live-tweet the events, write a narrative of your experience for our blog, send out reports in smoke signals. This position is open to interpretation. Send us some ideas!

Runners: Unexpected issues always come up. Runners will be available to run errands for event staff and artists on an as needed basis. Car preferred, as HDTS: Epicenter takes place over a vast area. First aid experience also a bonus.

Clean-Up: We are seeking volunteers to help wrap up the event, ensuring that we leave no trace at each location. Installation breakdown, transportation of equipment and materials, as well as trash pick-up will be organized at each location. (Preferred dates: October 11th & 12th)

Kip's Desert Book Club
Road to Soul - Carmen Mendoza
september 7, 2015


Our September book club selection is Road to Soul by Carmen Mendoza. Don't feel bad if you haven't heard about it–this collection of short stories was published only a few months ago with a book release party at the 29 Palms Inn. A graduate of 29 Palms High, now living in Colorado, the memories of driving the lonely roads  of the Mojave inspire Mendoza's writing to this day. The prose gets a little racy at times, a perfect easy read to end the summer with.

The meeting place will be the gazebo outside the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center at 65336 Winter Road, Twentynine Palms, CA.

From downtown JT, drive east on Highway 62 and turn left on Sunburst. Turn right at Golden, left on Border, and keep your eyes open for Pole and Del Oro streets. Winter will be the next road, (sign on the left hand side). Look for the white "Book Club" sign on the right. The community center is 4 miles down Winter on the left hand side.

From 29 Palms, Go west on Hwy. 62, turn right on Sunfair and continue on the dirt where it changes names to Coyote Valley. Turn left on Winter at the stop sign, and the Center will be on your right in about a quarter mile.

Monday, September 7, 2015, 7 pm
Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center
65336 Winter Road
Twentynine Palms, CA (see driving directions above)

This is the twelfth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club.

See Book Club homepage for more information on this monthly gathering

P.S.  In honor of the one year anniversary of Kip's Desert Book Club in October, October's book club meeting will be at The Palms Restaurant and Saloon and we will be reading Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman, a book written in, and about, Wonder Valley. 

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.
See Book Club homepage for more information on this monthly gathering

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