Last updated: December 13, 2018
Following Reyner Banham’s classic 1982 travelogue Scenes in America Deserta, this selection of essays, interviews, and historical documents locates the desert as a puzzling critical envelope for Southern California, and recasts it from a vast, lawless space to a transitional landscape of non-conformity.
Artists at Work: Etienne de France by Anna Milone
Curator Anna Milone speaks to French artist Etienne de France about his new video artwork, Looking for the perfect landscape (2017). Grounded in Mohave culture and shot in collaboration with the Colorado River Indian Tribe, it was completed as part of a FLAX (French Los Angeles Exchange) Projects residency in 2017.
Reeling in Utah: The Travel Log Trilogy by Dick Hebdige
While I was an actor in the five-day road-trip piece documented below I played no part either in choosing the destinations, planning the route or operating the vehicle. the road-trip piece was composed, choreographed and directed by JB as a 'film-with- no-film' commissioned by Afterall for the purposes of this documentation (with gas, motel and restaurant receipts retained for reimbursement). The intent was for JB to structure an experience framed by an itinerary linking sites that feature in a number of his works.
On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project by Steffie Nelson
The Manifest Destiny Billboard project, co-curated by artist Zoe Crosher and Shamim M. Momin, director of LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) is a coast-to-coast road trip of an exhibition. Popping up along 2,000 miles of Interstate 10, ten artist-designed billboards each contribute a chapter to the story of western expansion.
America Deserta Archive