Founded in 2002, High Desert Test Sites is a non-profit organization that pays tribute to inspirational figures in our surrounding community and generates dialogue and reciprocal exchange with international contemporary artists and critical thinkers whose practices transcend traditional art world formats. Over the last twelve years HDTS has endeavored to encourage experimental art that engages with the world at large. We support and draw attention to independent projects that happen outside of the auspices of larger institutions and challenge artists and audiences to expand the definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.
To challenge traditional conventions of ownership, property, and patronage. Most projects will ultimately belong to no one and are intended to melt back into the landscape as new ones emerge.
To “insert” art directly into a life, a landscape, or a community where it will sink or swim based on a set of criteria beyond that of art world institutions and galleries.
To encourage art that remains in the context for which it was created—work will be born, live, and die in the same spot.
To initiate an organism in its own right—one that is bigger and richer than the vision of any single artist, architect, designer, or curator.
To create a “center” outside of any preexisting centers. We are inspired by individuals and groups working outside of existing cultural capitals, who are able to make intellectually rigorous and culturally relevant work in whatever location they happen to be in.
To find common ground between contemporary art and localized art issues.
To contribute to a community in which art can truly make a difference. HDTS exists in a series of communities that edge one of the largest suburban sprawls in the nation. Many of the artists who settle in this area are from larger cities, but want to live in a place where they can shape the development of their own community. For the time being, there is still a feeling in the air that if we join together we can still hold back the salmon stucco housing tracts and big box retail centers. Well maybe.
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Who We Are
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Shaun Caley Regen
Brad Hudson Thomas
HDTS Core Crew
Brooks Hudson Thomas
Special thanks to: Sofia Arreguin, Anna Åstrand, Brian Bosworth, Laurel Bybee, Catherine Davis, Bob Dornberger, Kip Fjeld, Kelly Gazlay, Tyler Graim, Jena Lee, Tara Lemasters, Ari Marcantonio, Deborah Martin, Megan Plunkett, Tina Poppy, Hannah Stearn, Catharine Stebbins, Angela Suchey, Julie Weiman, Kate Wertheimer, Matthew Williams, Patrick Woody, and Lucas Wrench.
High Desert Test Sites is grateful to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Ranch Projects, and our generous donors for their support.