HDTS 2012 Postcard Project


High Desert Test Sites is now accepting postcard images for our 2012-2013 postcard project!  Each year a carefully curated selection of limited edition postcards will be produced to benefit High Desert Test Sites – they will be available at the High Desert Test Sites Headquarters, on our website, and included in a limited edition postcard set.  Artists will be fully credited for their contributions.

Please send all submissions in PDF or JPEG format (4 x 6”, 300 dpi) to info@highdeserttestsites.com by March 1, 2012.

Happy 2012 from Joshua Tree


Happy New Year from Joshua Tree!  Here at HDTS we're looking forward to a new year of programming (mark your calendars for the sixth edition of Amy and Wendy Yao’s Art Swap Meet on February 25, 2012) and changes of all kinds.

While some of these changes are welcome (check out our new signs!), others are less so, including the proposals to build an Indian casino and a Dollar General just east of downtown Joshua Tree.  Follow Joshua Tree Barnstormer and Defend Joshua Tree for updates and to learn what you can do to stay informed and help thwart these proposed developments.

As we begin the new year, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to all our artists, supporters, volunteers, and friends for a great 2011—we are so very grateful for your support and involvement!  HDTS operates on a really small staff and a shoestring budget, so we absolutely depend on volunteers and supporters to keep our doors open and help us bring in exciting new programming.

Please consider supporting HDTS if you’d like to continue to see us up and running—contact us today to make a donation or volunteer.  (Volunteers get special perks, including discounts at the HDTS Life Enhancement Shop and overnight camping or Wagon Station accommodations at A-Z West!)

Happy 2012 and hope to see you soon!

december 21, 2011, 11am - 3pm


Can't find a gift for that really picky, hard to buy for friend, sister, or neighbor?  Stop by the HDTS HQ and Mt Fuji in downtown Joshua Tree this Wednesday, December 21, 11am - 3pm for a last minute gift sale!

Shop for all new succulent and cacti planters at the HDTS HQ while you stay warm with spiked cider and GF cookies.

Stop by Mt Fuji General Store for lots of new gift items - most under $10, with lots of stocking stuffers for $2.

Happy Holidays from Joshua Tree!

A Workshop for Conjecture
November 12th 2011

26 Danielle McCullough and Gabie Strong, Blast Site: A Monument to Future Failures, 2011. Cyanotype fabric, painted leather, slipcrete, silver, ash, paint, pallets, wood, 16mm film with pen and ink, 16mm projector. Photo by Gabie Strong.

Artists Danielle McCullough and Gabie Strong will lead a sun-print cyanotype process workshop using 19th century photographic techniques and contemporary materials gathered from the desert floor to produce images of white on a sea of bright blue. Blast Site is a monument to future failures, marking survival in the high desert, invoking both the ancient and the new. The workshop includes a post-apocalyptic narrative hike through Blast Site—through the urban, rural and mythic areas of the high desert—followed by a cyanotype process printing demonstration using sunlight and detritus. Workshop attendees will learn how to create beautiful, blue-print like photographs to commemorate their travels through Blast Site. The workshop demonstration will be followed by a barbecued vegetarian lunch including native vegetation.

Gabie and Danielle have designed and printed an exclusive, hand-made limited-edition artist book and CD soundtrack for workshop attendees. Titled Blast Site: A Field Guide to Excavating Our Future Failures, this book presents high desert field research including essays on the military-industrial complex, indigenous mythology of the region, poetry, survival cooking recipes, maps and ephemera.   

JUDGEMENT DAY: portraits of queer style
a reading by tania hammidi

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 11 am
HDTS HQ, Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree author Tania Hammidi teamed up with fine art photographers Leon Mostovoy, Love Ablan, and Lola Flash to explore queer and LGBT fashion and clothing styles emphasizing stud, ftm, gender-queer and butch masculinities. JUDGEMENT DAY, a book of photography and essays, is the result.

Tania will be reading from her opening essay. Photographer Leon Mostovoy will discuss his photographic techniques and concepts for the book.