Announcing HDTS 2013
Expanding Horizons


High Desert Test Sites is excited to announce our next "big" event, HDTS 2013!

HDTS 2013, the ninth program in a series of free ranging and ever evolving contemporary art events, will expand our range and depth to take in everything from Joshua Tree, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The event will take place over an entire week, during which artists and audience alike traverse the desolate desert roads and explore the hidden gems, both old and new, between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque.

This journey will lead us to the locale of this year's co-curators, Dave Hickey and Libby Lumpkin, who relocated to New Mexico after a legendary residency in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Dave and Libby have been on our minds for a long time now and we are excited to finally team up with them as this year's curatorial partners - bringing HDTS to their doorstep (so to speak).

So NOW is the time to start doing R&D for proposals!  Projects can take place at any site either in or between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Description of project: What do you want to do?
  • Description of site: Where do you plan to do it?  Do you have access or permission to use this site?
  • Duration of project: How long will your installation or performance be on view—do you envision a one-time performance for the HDTS 2013 event, or a long-term installation?
  • Any images or supporting material

Please send all submissions in PDF format to  Formal submission deadlines, event dates, and more information will be announced soon.

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

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!