Play: yahtz-idency

Posted: February 14th, 2024 | Author: | Filed under: desert, exchange, games, neighborhood, residency, spring, works in progress | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
photo credit: Margaret Lee

Saturday, February 3rd was the inaugural yahtzidency at Sun Spot at Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley. We played with handmade ceramic cups and dice and a scoresheet designed by hand. I am taking applications for new yahtzidents! If you are interested in becoming playing with me, please see the open call here.

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Stewarding: Sun Spot

Posted: September 30th, 2023 | Author: | Filed under: desert, exchange, money, portals | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I am so excited to share a new adventure in economic research and community. I am delighted to share in the role in taking over Sun Spot, a cooperative local artist shop at the Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley open on Saturdays from 9a-1pm. Elena Yu created and founded the project in 2022 and I participated as a member artist.

This year, I am looking forward to building upon previous experience with artist-and-alternative economies as well as learning about desert weekend marketplace exchanges. The site is a hub for bargain hunters and desert conversationalists alike.

I am working alongside the amazing fellow desert artist, Jillian Sandell, as Sun Spot’s co-stewards for this season. We are doing our best to learn alongside Elena’s vision and the current artist members experiences as we manifest a marketplace for artists that stands proudly outside of grind culture and wealthy patronage which often persists in popular imaginations of artist offerings.

Sun Spot offers a hub for shopping for artist’s local and experimental works as well as workshops and performative engagements during the shop’s Saturday hours. Please stay tuned to the project’s instagram account for the latest in workshop offerings.


Research: Desert Research Library 2023 Artist

Posted: September 18th, 2023 | Author: | Filed under: desert, exhibition, games, installation, library, portals, spring, Unknowing, Updates, works in progress | No Comments »

In January I was invited to be join the 2023 Cohort of Artists with the Desert Research Library. A project sprung from the High Desert Test Sites. This library is unique among special library projects I have experienced. The entire collection is curated through artist’s selections. In being invited as an artist, I was invited to curate a selection of reading materials for a library in the desert. Being a super fan of all libraries- so quiet! so full of ideas! so teeming with future potential! so careful in preserving history! I was so excited to contribute my own ideas and archive of thinking and material to the library.

Of course, I went down my own rabbit hole tangent which involved spending A LOT of time researching video games, gaming history and philosophy and interweaving research on desert landscapes as gaming landscape. By mid-March, I had surfaced a short list of games that I believed were worth including in a library whose focus is the desert. I was also prepared with my understandings of video games as a kind of cultural property which we can “read” like a long form novel as justification for inclusion in a library of artist’s researching.

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