For the second year in a row, design lab Space Saloon has just wrapped up an exciting avant-garde art festival deep in the Southern Californian desert. Aimed to foster innovative design-build and hands-on education, the art festival, named Fieldworks, is an experimental outdoor campus where young artists can learn new techniques and showcase their groundbreaking designs.

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colorful platform elevated off the landscape

This year’s festival took place within the expansive desert landscape in the San Bernardino mountains between Joshua Tree, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. According to Space Saloon, the desert was the perfect place to host the open-air campus thanks to the wide open landscape that offers virtually no physical limits.

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white and pink platform in a desert

Like the first year’s event, Landing, Fieldworks was a week-long program where teams of students and designers live and work together, collaborating on site-specific installations that seek to question the relation between art and the environment.

aerial view of white and pink platform

Led by Office Kovacs + Kyle May, Architect and MILLIØNS (Zeina Koreitem and John May), Fieldworks allowed students to attend various workshops that focus on subjects that differ from traditional techniques and processes in an attempt to broaden the students’ artistic horizons. The workshops showcase a range of experimental material, from coding exercises and sound mapping to performances and interactive installations.

cactus with multiple colors

Using these workshops as guidance, the students developed new art projects, which could include any number of formats, including performances, videos, interactive coded programs, sound installations or immersive objects.

screen with the word code written on it

One of the standout designs from this year’s event is DOTS, a pink and white framework with various connected platforms that could be used for an almost infinite number of interventions, especially as a flexible, temporary shelter.

multicolored square platform with circular cutout

Another innovative project is Gymnasium 1, an outdoor communal bathing facility made completely out of hempcrete that aims to show that the carbon-negative material can be used in place of traditional concrete construction.

woman wearing all white

The student projects from Fieldworks will be exhibited in Los Angeles in the fall.

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Via Archdaily

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