Andrea Zittel has been working in the high desert of California since 2000 on a life-project called A-Z West, in which all aspects of day-to-day living become sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.
In 2002 Andrea Zittel helped to co-found High Desert Test Sites, an organization dedicated to paying tribute to the amazing and inspirational figures who live their lives as either critical or creative gestures. Over the last eleven years HDTS has endeavord to support and encourage art that happens in the world at large. We nurture and draw attention to independent projects that happen outside of the auspices of larger institutions and art world systems. We challenge artists to surpass the scope of traditional categories as they expand the definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.