Solo Projects
Gerhard Treml
Leo Calice
July 25, 2015

Vienna based artists Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice developed a series of short films together with an interdisciplinary team of researchers (Elisabeth Marko, Christina Linortner, Edith Schwarzl) to explore the narrative nature of landscape and how everyday stories and mythologies are enacted in them.

Carmen Argote
May 23, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Part one: Installation at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood
April 17 – May 17, 2015

Part two: Installation at High Desert Test Sites in Wonder Valley
May 23 – June 20, 2015

High Desert Test Sites and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House present A Vast Furniture, an installation by Carmen Argote.  With one sculpture and two sites, Los Angeles-based artist Carmen Argote uses the floor plan of the Schindler House as an inspiration and guide to literalize the understanding of architectural space as delineated and distinguished from non-architected space.

Lior Shvil
May 9, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Lior Shvil’s work reveals common themes of psychological and political subversions implemented through political policies handed down to soldiers as written and spoken protocols.

Alison ODaniel
August 30, 2014

Please join us on August 30, 2014 for a very special screening of Night Sky, a film written and directed by Alison O'Daniel, with live accompaniment by The Renderers.  O'Daniel shot this film in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Landers in 2009-2010, and we are thrilled to present it at one of the very locations in which it was filmed - the Integratron!

Halsey Rodman
May 31, 2014

Gradually/We Became Aware/Of a Hum in the Room is a new project by Halsey Rodman that presents a temporally distributed architectural structure conceived for two locations: the desert of High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA and Art in General's sixth floor gallery in the heart of downtown New York City.  

April 4, 2014 - April 6, 2014

High Desert Test Sites, Monte Vista Projects, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) present Spectacular Subdivision, a group project curated by Jay Lizo. This three-day exhibition invites artists to reflect on questions of housing and real estate in the aftermath of the 2008 housing market crisis. What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? How has the mortgage meltdown affected artists? How have forms of domesticity and shelter shaped artists' practices?

Bob Dornberger
Jim Piatt
March 15, 2014

Full Moon Ramen was the second iteration of Secret Restaurant: a one night event that served up handmade Japanese ramen noodles to over 200 diners under the light of a full moon in the desert night.

Karen Lofgren
January 11, 2014

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050 is a work permanently buried and positioned to associate with archaeo-astronomical constellations visible in both the distant past and far future as we rotate on earth's axis. It is shrouded and accompanied by the earthly goods needed to guide it through the ages. Placing contemporary cultural objects in a broader history of the world, it uses extensive research and our moving stars as a guide. Giving life to the unseen object and process, an editioned artist publication encapsulates the work for consideration in the present.

February 16, 2013 - March 31, 2013

High Desert Test Sites is thrilled to bring an iteration of the Reanimation Library out west!  

Allan Wilson
Heather Treadway
Jodi Darby
Julie Perini
Lisa Schonberg
Tara Jane Oneil
November 3, 2012 - November 4, 2012

High Desert Test Sites is very pleased to present HITS OF SUNSHINE, a multimedia performance by a group of Portland & Los Angeles-based artists.  The Hits of Sunshine crew, including members of !!! (chk chk chk), Explode Into Colors, musician Tara Jane Oneil, and filmmaker Julie Perini, spent a month at A-Z West collaborating on a new body of work inspired by desert life and surroundings.

Chris Engman
October 6, 2012

This fence is a claim to a piece of property that I cannot claim.  Although I don’t own this land, my claim to it is no more tenuous than my claim to anything.  As such it is meant as a metaphor for all that cannot truly be claimed, which, when it comes right down to it, is anything at all–places, homes, people, material goods–existence itself.  Absolutely everything is temporary, an idea that I find both overwhelming and beautiful.  The making of this piece, including the labor of its construction and the futility of the gesture, are a meditation on this reality.

Lea Cetera
October 6, 2012

An analemmatic sundial, or human sundial, is a sundial by which the shadow of a participating individual standing at a certain position within the sundial (acting as the "gnomon"), casts an accurate reading of the time of day.

Anja Franke
Katie Bachler
September 14, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

HDTS Scout Katie Bachler sends the desert to the sea in this film exchange with Anja Franke/Instant HERLEV institute in Denmark. 

Object Control
June 20, 2012 - 1:00pm

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

A.L. Steiner
June 9, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

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 androbbinschilds and A.L.

Travis Boyer
May 26, 2012
Amy Yao
Wendy Yao
February 25, 2012 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 am - 2 pm
Sky Village Swap Meet
7028 Theatre Road, Yucca Valley

Join High Desert Test Sites for the 6th edition of Amy & Wendy Yao's Art Swapmeet - loads of artwork at bargain prices in the middle of the Sky Village Swap Meet, one of the best shopping environments known to mankind and home to Bob Carr’s Crystal Cave.  Come early, and don't forget to bring cash!

Featuring booths by:

Aurora Tang
June 18, 2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

In 1858, Félix Nadar sailed above the newly transformed city of Paris in a hot air balloon. Camera in tow, he photographed the city from above and aerial photography was born. Returning to this early and simple form of aerial photography, Aurora Tang (assisted by Andrea Zittel and others attending the event) guided a weather balloon, equipped with a camera, across the expanses of A-Z West, creating a series of photographs that depict the land from above.

Bob Carr
Merete Vyff Slyngborg
Mette Woller
November 26, 2010

Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley is a world of its own, a dense shanty-like town of booths and stands packed with curios, desert junk, overgrown cactus gardens, and bright green palo verde trees. The former drive-in loud speakers broadcast a soundtrack of country music, periodically punctuated by announcements that someone's burritos or french fries are ready for pickup at the cafe.

Amy Yao
Wendy Yao
October 23, 2010

Loads of art, desert junk, and a sweet old drive-in cafeteria in the middle of Sky Village Swap Meet, one of the best shopping environments known to mankind.

Von Tundra
October 9, 2010 - October 10, 2010

We do what we do so we can do more of what we want to do. We’re interested in the marriage of art and design, where our approach includes conceptualizing a project, to prototyping it, to producing it. We believe good design should have a positive impact on the space it exists in and the people who experience that space. (Von Tundra excerpt from an interview with the Dill Pickle Club)

October 9, 2010

On Saturday, October 9, the SPECIFIC APARTMENT was featured at the HDTS HQ in Downtown Joshua Tree. The SPECIFIC APARTMENT, an installation furnished with objects curated by Brooks Hudson Thomas, included work by Jamison Carter, Marie Christophe, Mark Golamco, Tim Lewis, Susanna Maing, Tim McAleece, Sean McDonald, D’Ette Nogle, Jalal Poehlman, Mark Roeder, and Denyse Schmidt, as well as Atelier Takagi, The Common Studio, Grupo-Bio, Scout Regalia, todosomething, Woolly Pocket, and WORKSTEAD.

Bernd Behr
June 28, 2008

On June 28th, 2008 High Desert Test Sites presented a film by London based artist Bernd Behr, titled House Without a Door. The weekend included a Saturday afternoon panel discussion, followed by dinner at the Palms in Wonder Valley, and then an evening screening of the film in the most remote test site on Iron Age Road.

Michael Parker
May 5, 2007 - May 6, 2007

Sound Camp was a weekend spent exploring sound in the high desert above Pioneertown, USA. Organized by RoutesAndMethods, an open venue for the communication and exchange of ideas (the people who brought you Cold Storage), it was hosted by High Desert Test Sites at their most remote location.

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Roman Vasseur

The video reports and dramatises a remote event in a desert setting where a light aircraft breeches the uninhabited landscape and bombards the terrain with leaflets simultaneously reporting and threatening a language bomb.

Black Propagana at Melancholy Ranch was presented as a short video, broadcast daily to the Morongo Basin desert community for one month on Channel 6, Adelphi cable television.

The project was completed with the support and cooperation of Andrea Zittel, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Jeremy Deller.

Ginger Wolfe-Suarez
Primitivo Suarez

During the artists’ exploration of the desert, the pair became interested in repositioning two existing structures in order to investigate function, context, and material. The first installation is based on a cabin they studied in Wonder Valley. They rebuilt the cabin on the test site in reverse, or in other words, they gave back what it was without. Doors and windows hover in the open landscape, collapsing ideas of exterior and interior, and of the vulnerability or security they would traditionally imply.

Richard Rigg

For his durational project The Inhabitant of the Watchtower, Richard Rigg developed transmitter/receiver to take field recordings around the high desert. The transmitter/receiver strips the sounds that are within human audible range, within the adapted speaker, leaving only ultrasonic sounds and the noise of this erasure.  Beginning August 17, 2012, the results can be heard on an audio broadcast at