08 Nov Presentation for HDTS: Taking the Waters


Taking the Waters

High Desert Test Sites (HDTS)

November 8-9, 2014

The desert, a place defined by its lack of water, has an especially rich and curious cultural relationship with it: for ritual, relief, renewal, and recreation.  In these arid lands, water has always been a premium – a sign of vitality and prosperity.  All water is healing water.

Taking the Waters is a two-day search for water in the desert.  We will drive to and through some of the Mojave’s finest oases, natural pools, hot springs, rivers, reservoirs, and retreat center and water park remains, and consider the cultural significance of water in the desert through a program of site-specific installations, performances, films, tours, and presentations.

Sites include: China Ranch Date FarmDevils HoleTecopa Hot Springs, and Zzyzx (former site of Dr. Curtis Springer’s mineral springs and current site of the CSU Desert Studies Center).

Artists and presenters include: Korakrit ArunanondchaiMatthew Coolidge (The Center for Land Use Interpretation)Alyse EmdurRobert Fulton (CSU Desert Studies Center)Marc GanzglassEmilie HalpernSant KhalsaAlice KönitzNancy LupoErin Schneider, and Kim Stringfellow.

Taking the Waters is organized by HDTS managing director Aurora Tang.  Special thanks to Travis Brown.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Photo: Aurora Tang