19 site-specific installations in the California desert

20 contemporary artists from all over the world have been called to tell the Coachella Valley desert in the sign of interactivity and new media.

Desert X, the international contemporary open-air exhibition for the California desert, has started. It is curated by the artistic director Neville Wakefield with Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum and produced by Desert Biennial, a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in Palm Springs in 2015 to draw attention to the artistic ferment of the entire territory of the Coachella Valley. 

The exhibition shows 19 site-specific installations that span 50 miles across the desert and beyond, expanding to the south to explore the ecological bellwether of the Salton Sea and further across the border into Mexico. Twenty of today’s most recognized international contemporary artists were called to tell the desert landscape through different, innovative and interactive media. 

This is the case of Nancy Baker Cahill’s augmented reality, Ivan Argote’s stairs to nowhere or Cara Romero’s historical billboards, for instance. You can also listen a podcast series by the design journalist Frances Anderton for a visit even more immersive while you flow from an installation to another in this new 2.0 museum park where it is man, this time, at nature’s service. 

Desert X
Opening dates :
from February 9 to April 21, 2019
Neville Wakefield, Amanda Hunt, Matthew Schum
Palm Springs, California
Lance Gerber

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