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MAPPING THE DESERT/DESERTING THE MAP: DRY IMMERSION 4

The latest in the UCIRA-supported series of California desert-centered “Dry Immersions” will be centered on the 9th Joshua Tree Music Festival on Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree this coming weekend –May 13th -15th . Staged “in an intimate setting … in the great outdoors … where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred” the Festival which now attracts more than 3000 visitors, this year features a line-up of more than 20 indie bands on two stages, The site includes a 2 ½ acre lake-side area set aside for the presentation of art works curated by festival Art director, Travis Puglisi including projections, sculptural installations and performances by UC Santa Barbara Studio Art grad students Tim Brown, Jared Flores, Emily Halbardier, Elcin Joyner, Nikki Leone, Nick Loewen, Patrick Melroy, Rimas Simaitas and Van Tran. In contrast to the environmental orientation that predominated in Dry Immersion 3 in March 2010 where works generated in response to the natural, social and militarized landscapes of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts were showcased in Wonder Valley and Palm Desert, this time round the focus is on the festival context itself and on the Desert as a site for improvised ritual, synaesthetic spectacle, and networking.

For more info on the festival see:
http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/directions.htm.

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