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 The Community Foundation.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Twentynine Palms, a Novel - Daniel Pyne
december 7, 2015


Kip's Desert Book Club will once again gather at Bernard Leibov's BoxoHOUSE on December 7th to discuss the book Twentynine Palms, a Novel by Daniel Pyne. I had relatively low expectations for this novel when I began reading it, but then I got sucked into its desert noir world like a magnet, and it left me with a favorable impression in the end. I'm eager to hear what others think about how the city of Twentynine Palms is portrayed–hopefully leading to some lively discussion. The book is available on Kindle, and preowned for only a penny on Amazon, so give it a read.

BoxoHOUSE's address is 62732 Sullivan Road in Joshua Tree, but don't bother to GPS yourself there, it will end in tears. Simply turn south on Whitefeather Road off of Highway 62, drive past the hospital and turn right on the second dirt road, when you see the Boxo sign. Bernard's house will be the first one on the left with the "Book Club" sign in front. Bring a folding chair if you have one, so we are sure to have enough seating, and try to park around back near the garage. See you there and don't forget to bring the delicious snacks and drinks!

Monday, December 7, 2015, 7 pm
62732 Sullivan Road
Joshua Tree, CA
 (see driving directions above)

This is the fifteenth meeting of Kip's Desert Book Club Learn more about this monthly gathering.

High Desert Reading Aloud Room
Organized by Neil Doshi
November 14–15, 2015


If reading is an act of interpretation, then what is reading aloud? Are you both the parrot and the master telling the parrot what to say? Are we as listeners interpreting what the reader is saying or the sayings of their voice? What happens when the solitary act of reading becomes shared?

Please join us, as participants and invited guests ponder these questions and read aloud from a various selection of texts.

Participants include Kristen Van Deventer, Kip Fjeld, Steve Kado,  Annelies Kuiper, Ken Layne and Y O U, the mighty reader.

With selections of books found from in and around the Swap Meet, Kip's Desert Book Club, the Connections library, Cactus Wren Bookstore, and issues of The Desert Oracle.

Excerpts from the Reading Aloud Room will be recorded and transmitted over the ‘airwaves’ in partnership with local internet radio station Radio Free Joshua Tree

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9AM–1PM
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 9AM-12PM
HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theater Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

High Desert Reading Aloud Room is organized by Neil Doshi.  This project is supported in part by a grant from The Community Foundation.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.

Desert Archive Days
organized by Caitlin Denny
november 7–8, 2015


The Desert Archive Days will host a handful of beloved and established institutions of California's high desert community in sharing special collections from their personal and official archives. Through presentations of documents and behavioral artifacts outside of the trajectory of traditional archival material, we will explore the revolutionary and freedom seeking history of the Morongo Basin.

Live lectures from some of your favorite high desert folks, slide show projections and unusual objects will inspire and intrigue those interested in the rich community-based history of the rural towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers.

We invite locals to bring their own artifacts or documents that may be of historical interest. Remember, the personal archives are just as important as the "official" archives.

For artifacts/documents that need preparation or specialty handling, please contact Caitlin Denny prior to the event.

View full schedule and more information here! 

November 7–8, 2015, 8AM - 2PM
HDTS HQ at Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theater Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Desert Archive Days is organized by Caitlin Denny.  This project is supported in part by a grant from The Community Foundation.  Special thanks Zena Bender, Bob & Elizabeth Carr, and Sky Village Swap Meet.