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Scenes From Symbiosis Gathering 2013

Tour the Woodward Reservoir with these exclusive photos

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Tom Tomkinson

Last weekend, the Symbiosis arts and music gathering took place at a new location: Woodward Reservoir Park in Oakdale, California – about an hour-and-a half east of San Francisco. The objective remained the same. "A driving impulse behind Symbiosis is to create a space for music lovers interested in art, permaculture, organic foods, yoga, indigenous wisdom and workshops of all kinds," one of the event directors, Kevin KoChen, told Rolling Stone. "The genres on each stage change during the course of the day, so that people voyage around the entire experience while getting exposed to new music and ideas. . . Symbiosis is a gathering and our goal is to create community."

By BENJY EISEN

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Tom Tomkinson

Constantly Evolving

Symbiosis is a constantly evolving art experiment that visually changes by the hour. Assisting and propelling that aspect at this year’s incarnation was a secondary stage called the Front Porch, which moved from spot to spot, pulled by a tractor. In the background is a giant psychedelic sailfish that you could walk inside of as it led you down into the water.

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Tom Tomkinson

Ever-Changing Scene

A third and totally evolved use of Carey Thomspson’s Starport installation, seen here on the final night of Symbiosis 2013. The portal encouraged an ever-changing scene throughout the festival, ranging from children playing under its arch to parade route stops to the drum demo that appears to be going on here.

 

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