Simulating Foreign Territory Here


Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge

By Richard Wheeler | June 12, 2015

"Incendiary Traces" examines how military groups employ simulation, role-playing, and performance to deliver training required to operate in the extreme conditions of combat.

Desert Deployment: Southern California’s World War II Desert Training Center

By Sarah McCormick Seekatz | March 16, 2015

Thirty miles east of Indio, California in a largely uninhabited desert landscape, sits the largest military training ground in U.S. history, though you might not have heard of it.


Sketching Simulated Battlefields in Silicon Beach

By Hillary Mushkin | August 5, 2014

Incendiary Traces pays a virtual visit to an Afghani village to make the seemingly remote conflict a bit more comprehensible to those in the U.S.

Visualizing War: Virtual Reality, Simulations, and Physical Battlefields

By Toro Castaño | July 22, 2014

Simulations in computer games and virtual reality are radically altering the way the military prepares soldiers for war.

Incendiary Traces: Drawing the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

By Jena Lee & Hillary Mushkin | March 12, 2013

Incendiary Traces led a recent draw-in at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center where participants used drawing as a tool for connecting the SoCal landscape to foreign battle zones.

The Simulators

By David Buuck | February 26, 2013

After participating in the Incendiary Traces visit to the 29 Palms Marine Base, writer David Buuck contributes an excerpt from a novel about role players in a military training scenario.

Harem Girls and Camel Races: Middle Eastern Fantasies in the Deserts of Southern California

By Sarah McCormick Seekatz | February 5, 2013

The towns in the eastern side of the Coachella Valley have long utilized romanticized portrayals of the Middle East to shape views of their own desert backyard.