Arise Music Festival
As stated elsewhere on this website, much of my work is inspired by my understanding of human evolution. More specifically, I believe that evolution designed our essential nature but modern culture can tend to isolate us from that nature, creating various forms of neurosis. From past experiences with Burning Man, other festivals and now Arise, I believe that festivals have the potential to help us humans rediscover those lost parts of ourselves.
Whereas modern society captures us in our buildings, stuck in steady but numb comfort and sensory deprivation, Arise allows us to live under the open sky, in our beautiful meadow, cradled amidst red cliffs and distant lakes, feeling the warmth of the morning sun, the scorch of the afternoon and the chill of the evening.
Whereas modern society isolates us from our fellow man, Arise allows us to engage with strangers, to share ideas and companionship—to feel the more expansive states of consciousness and joy that come from people living together with open hearts and minds.
Whereas modern society feeds us entertainment in solitude, designed perhaps most of all to just capture our attention, Arise allows us to experience our entertainment communally, shared with other people, and designed for the purpose of creating ecstatic states and greater fulfillment.