HDTS 2011 October 15-16

35 Photo by Aurora Tang.
The HDTS 2011 Event is immanent!  There are a lot of important last minute details that need to go out.

*Shari Elf is looking for singers to participate in The World Famous Crochet Museum’s Gospel Revival.  If you have ever sung gospel, or just fantasized about belting it out, give Shari a shout.  There will be rehearsals in Joshua Tree the week before the event.  Contact Shari Elf for more info.

*Support and learn more about Claude Collins-Stracensky's United States Artists fundraising campaign for his HDTS 2011 project Solar Distiller/Fountains.

*An Indian Casino is proposed for Joshua Tree, just east of the dinosaurs on Highway 62. There will be a meeting at the Joshua Tree Community Association in the JT Community Center (6171 Sunburst) at 10 am on Saturday the 15th to discuss these plans.  It is critical to get a large turnout at this meeting because Sen. Feinstein's representative has told us that he will make his recommendation based on community input.  Please help protest the casino and come to this meeting before heading out to see the sites. Read about it in the Joshua Tree Star.

The HDTS 2011 Driving Map will be posted the week before the event.  Download it if you are driving in from out of town so that you can check out the western sites such as Andy’s Gamma Gulch Site (Pioneertown) and Sky Village Swap Meet (Yucca Valley) on your way to the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree .

The HQ will have lots of things for sale, including the HDTS publication, books, cool succulents and planters, life enhancement accessories, and refreshments. *Bring lots of cash.  The Dinner at the Palms will be a cash only event as well.

Plan your trip wisely.  Bring lots of water, snacks, big hats, sunscreen, a trash bag for your refuse – and be ready to help dig fellow travelers out of the sand.

Remember – HDTS is run on a shoestring budget.  Our entire event is built upon the generosity of our artists (who are totally self-funded) and our awesome volunteer force.  We need you to help make lots of goodwill between HDTS and our local community – so be cool, be respectful, spend money in their shops, and don’t hesitate to jump in and help out.

HDTS 2011
HDTS Returns October 15-16

30 Performance still from The End, Jacob Dyrenforth, HDTS 3 (2004)
High Desert Test Sites returns this fall for a weekend of new experimental art, architecture, and design projects sited in the Southern California high desert communities of Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms. HDTS 2011, curated by the McCarthy Family, Robert Stone, and Brooks Hudson Thomas, will feature new works by an exciting group of emerging and established artists, architects, and designers, including:

Ball Nogues Studio


Bob Carr
Claude Collins-Stracensky

N. Dash, Sam Falls, and Kol Solthon

Sid M. Dueñas and Naotaka Hiro

Shari Elf

Dawn Kasper

Tyler Matthew Oyer

Ephraim Puusemp

Kiersten Puusemp


Scout Regalia

Adam Silverman

LeRoy Stevens

Von Tundra

The weekendʼs festivities will include a dinner and performances by E*Rock, Lisa Schonberg, Tara Jane ONeil, and Tyler Held with Von Tundra, The Sibleys, and Jamuel Saxon at the Palms Restaurant and Saloon in Wonder Valley.

A zine-style publication, designed by David Dodge, with original contributions by the Llano del Rio Collective, will accompany the event.

A full schedule of events and driving map of the sites is available on the HDTS 2011 event page, and will also be available at the HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree the weekend of the event.

Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16

29 Rendering of Yucca Crater, Ball Nogues Studio

HDTS returns this fall for a weekend of new experimental art, architecture, and design projects sited in the Southern California high desert. Curators the McCarthy Family, Robert Stone, and Brooks Hudson Thomas have invited an exciting group of emerging and established artists, architects, and designers to create new works for HDTS 2011.

Don’t forget to make travel accommodations early, as hotels and campsites tend to fill up over the weekend of the HDTS event.

Summer 2011


There are lots of changes at the High Desert Test Sites this summer! Aurora Tang is joining us as our new Administrative Director - Aurora will be splitting her time between HDTS and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, where she is a program manager. She has also recently worked with the Getty Conversation Institute and the Dia Art Foundation to document Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty using balloon photography.

We have a new website thanks to Tellef Tellefson, who has donated many long hours to create a site comprehensive enough to catalog our vast array of projects, workshops, and other desert endeavors. Also key in getting all of this information on-line were the efforts of Suzanne Calkins, who gathered and uploaded our images and project descriptions, as well as Mette Woller, our intern from Denmark, who first began tracking down this material about a year ago.  As you can imagine, things tend to get pretty caught up in the moment when working out here, and it is sometimes hard to remember to take pictures on top of everything else going on.  We always feel particulary lucky when someone sends us a great shot that everyone else forgot to take. If you have anything to add to the HDTS archive, please don't hesitate to send it to