Two weeks ago I had an incredible experience. So incredible that I felt compelled to share here through what little I was able to capture in memory and on camera.
On a Thursday morning, feeling the need for a little respite and inspiration, I flew out to Phoenix with a girlfriend and then drove into the desert outside of the city for what can only be described as a music-festival-meets-art-and-community-experiment called FORM Arcosanti. Set amidst the backdrop of the beautiful brutalist-style architecture of Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti desert community – a project started in the 1970s as an experiment in communal and ecological living (not unlike the ethos at the festival itself) – FORM was certainly like no other event I have seen.
Firstly, the very limited number of festival-goers could only attend either by filling out a lengthy application and being invited, or by becoming one of a handful of ‘patrons.’ There were nearly no “VIP” areas – everyone commingled with the idea that we were all there to contribute and collaborate. It was indeed a powerful collective experience. Performance art was happening everywhere, both planned and impromptu, panel discussions held, and the music – curated by the band Hundred Waters, who created the festival – was nothing short of gorgeous. Each show was intimate and felt interactive. In one moment, a particular band would be playing, and then 30 minutes later the drummer might be sitting next to you watching the next band. Attendees even helped pick up their own litter. It was a beautiful, special thing.
Inspired by the scenery and the sounds, I tried my best to capture what I was experiencing. Read on below for highlights, as well as a little Spotify playlist I put together featuring the bands from the weekend (perfect for those of you interested especially in ambient electronic music, but dashed with a bit of rock and roll).
Give a listen to what we heard at FORM Arcosanti here via our Spotify playlist: