Art21 Extended Play

Andrea Zittel’s Social Experiment

Andrea Zittel

Wagon Station Encampment (2004-ongoing) at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California. Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Zach Voytas

“I’m so drawn to the frontier mentality and that idea of having to figure everything out from scratch.” —Andrea Zittel

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Andrea Zittel’s Wagon Station Encampment (2004-ongoing)—a collection of “sleeping pods” installed throughout her property in Joshua Tree, California. Twice per year, when the desert climate is mild, Zittel allows artists, hikers, and researchers to stay in the Encampment, which is adjacent to her home and studio. Designed to facilitate social engagement as well as personal exploration, the Encampment is a blend of communal and private spaces. “Everybody has their desert fantasy; my particular fantasy was probably living on an alien landscape,” says Zittel who describes the Encampment as reflecting a “sci-fi pioneer aesthetic.”

ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producers: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Zach Voytas. Sound: Ian Forster. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Andrea Zittel. Special Thanks: Cara Despain, Micol Hebron, Tiernan Hebron & Vanesa Zendejas. Theme Music: Peter Foley.