This documentary series, produced by Phlox Films for the German/French public broadcasting Channel ARTE - presents artists whose work has either been created in the desert or has been inspired by it. The series takes a look at the desert as an empty canvas as well as a place of emotional intensity, as a challenge to human habitation as well as landscape under man-made threats. It follows the traces of the small interventions and the monumental pieces that artist have left in the desert - a place that has lured generations of artists and keeps attracting dedicated outsiders and visionaries. During the road-trip the films explore iconic Land-Art works from the 1960ies and 70ies, as well as places like Marfa in West-Texas, where Donald Judd left his traces. The impact of the landscape of New Mexico and how it influenced painters like Georgia O’ Keeffe or Agnes Martin. In the Californian desert Andrea Zittel explores with her art new forms of living and our needs. During the “Desert X” Biennial 2019 international artists activate desert locations through site-specific installations.