The New Everyday Life Premiere
May 1, 2010 - May 2, 2010

This was the premiere pilot weekend of The New Everyday Life, a lecture and workshop series.

In keeping with the HDTS mission to create truly alternative spaces for art that challenges traditional conventions of ownership, presentation, and patronage, The New Everyday Life brings together guest artists and participants whose talent and knowledge varies widely, but who all share a desire to approach daily life with a blend of both experimental and practical thinking. Our first weekend-long symposium included four workshops and an open-air dinner. Twelve students were enrolled in an immersive suite of 2 hour classes held in special locations in and around the Morongo Basin.

The New Everyday Life is an endeavor designed to both stimulate conversation and catalyze action by considering overlap between contemporary art and craft, sustainable living, survival skills, ecology and earth science, and cultural variation. Each participant in The New Everyday Life will leave with a new set of skills and inspirations, after intimately experiencing the Mojave desert’s unique context for life and living.

Weekend Itinerary

Saturday, May 1st

Meet for an introduction and driving maps at the HDTS Headquarters in sunny downtown Joshua Tree.

12:30 – 2:30
Visit Wells Pollock in his school bus leather working studio encampment on the edge of the marine base and learn how to do bootleg leatherworking using readily available household tools and implements.

3:30 – 5:30
Hang out with Trinie Dalton at the A-Z West Cabin and practice bookmaking stitches to make a book about your experience of the desert. (Note: Dalton will contact participants in advance about prep, supplies, and other details to maximize stitch-learning time. Beginners to advanced bookmakers are welcome.)

6:30 – 9:30
Travel to Section Six with Chantale Doyle to learn more about how she lived for one year in her veggie-oil powered VW Vanagon while supporting herself by selling on ebay. Chantale will fix everyone an exotic fish taco dinner on her van's cookstove.

Sunday, May 2nd

12:00 – 2:00
Meet on the patio of A-Z West for a beer-making workshop with Katie Grinnan and a goodbye toast with her special honey, basil, peach, and ginger brews.