the insanity principle workshops
taught by artist linda carmella sibio
november 11, 2017 at copper mountain mesa community center

Photo by Sarah Lyon, from Linda Carmella Sibio's "Origins" performance at "The Palm Talks" at HDTS 2017

We are proud to present “The Insanity Principle Workshops” taught by painter and performance artist Linda Carmella Sibio every second Saturday through April 2018 in Joshua Tree. The workshops include a variety of multilayered psychological techniques, developed by Sibio, tapping into memory, play, and personal narrative as a source for art making. 

HDTS 2017: Thank you!

What a weekend! We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this event possible--and there are a lot of you. We are so excited that HDTS 2017 brought our biennial roving event back to our home turf, and we couldn't have pulled it off without our dedicated artists, donors, volunteers, attendees, and friends. 

kip's desert book club
the talker by mary sojourner
november 6th, 2017 at copper mountain mesa community center

Author Mary Sojourner, great friend of the Desert Book Club, will be joining us at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center on November 6th at 7pm to discuss her new book, The Talker. This is a collection of short stories published this year, and if the rest are as good as the first one I just read, it will not disappoint. If you missed her last October when we featured her book 29: a Novel, bring your copy for her to sign. I look forward to hearing what her next writing project is about and if we are lucky, she just might read to us! —Kip

the insanity principle
workshops with linda carmella sibio
a new monthly program!

HDTS is excited to announce THE INSANITY PRINCIPLE - a series of workshops by Linda Carmella Sibio

These two hour workshops will focus on performance, writing, and contemporary art through a series of techniques designed by Sibio that include fragmentation, interrupters, psychological opposites, and the psychological model as a method of acting. Many of these methods are part of a manuscript by Sibio called "Reflections in a Broken Mirror," which delves into her own personal innovative approaches to art-making. Writing techniques include the cut up method, multiple story lines, pattern and rhythm as methods of structure, and performance approached as a scultural tool as well as through drawings and painting.

hdts 2017
curated by aram moshayedi and sohrab mohebbi
october 21-22, 2017

Since 2002, High Desert Test Sites has organized a semi-annual series of roving events that bring together local, domestic, and international artists whose contributions have responded to Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, and the surrounding areas. The nature of these works have been for the most part ephemeral, yet even those projects imagined with more solidity and structure have had trouble enduring the elements. For the most part, the history of High Desert Test Sites is preserved in the memory of the participants and the viewers of each edition rather than the landscape.