FORM music festival was founded by the indie-electronic band Hundred Waters in response to their experiences performing at music festivals around the globe. Although most festivals amassed large audiences, the group found that any meaningful time for collaboration and connection to the festival’s environments were often left to the wayside. The founders envisioned something more personal, collaborative, lean and lasting. Visiting Arcosanti in Arizona for the first time, they knew they’d found the first home for such an experience.
Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community and environmental accountability, based on Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology. Beginning in 1970, more than 7,000 volunteers built Arcosanti and the space continues to expand, providing various mixed-use buildings and public spaces where people live, work, visit and participate in educational, cultural programs. The sense of community is undeniable—everyone is welcome in this psychedelic landscape.
Inspired by FORM and Arcosanti, stylist Phil Gomez collaborated with Berlin-based photographer Tonje Thilesen to develop this BULLETT exclusive editorial, featuring artists and musicians from the festival, as well as items from the lost & found at Arcosanti. These items were left by previous guests from the early ’90s and earlier.