Burning Man 2020 Goes Virtual: The Universes of the Burning Man Multiverse

Oculus Blog
Posted by Jenna Seiden, Advisor, FRL Media Content
August 31, 2020

This year, Burners from around the world will unfortunately not be heading to the dusty sands in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, but instead will be welcomed into eight digital landscapes to celebrate the 2020 Burning Man Multiverse. Events run now until September 6, 2020.

The annual event will be manifest online and in virtual spaces into eight “Recognized Universes” independently produced by volunteer members of the Burning Man community. These range from fully immersive destinations in virtual reality to 2D and 3D web-based social spaces. You can connect with your fellow Burners, or if you’re new to the annual event, meet new friends in one of the Universes below or learn a bit more about all of them summarized here.

Burning Man was founded in 1986 and is the epitome of interactive experiences. It is not a festival, but a culture, and to some a way of life, with an annual event where thousands gather to erect a temporary city, “Black Rock City,” dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance—a “crucible of creativity” where all are welcome.

There is no replacement for the real-world experience, but you can be part of the theme camps, art projects, the temples, and even take part in the iconic Man. Make sure you bookmark Burn Night: Live From Home on September 5 where you can watch a 24-hour live stream of Burns from around the world.

On a personal note, as a both a Burner and someone who has worked in VR for 5+ years, I have never been more inspired as to the future of immersive technologies. Although there is a nice Venn diagram overlap of Burners and early tech adopters, there is also a significant part of our community unacquainted with or even dismissive of tech; however, I am witnessing first-hand the groundswell of the latter embrace Oculus Quest and Rift S, just to follow and connect with their community.

I love evangelizing about Beat Saber, but I have never been so proud and excited to put on a headset to teach someone how to spawn flying tools and portal around virtual worlds. This is an inflexion point in VR thanks to an unexpected, but perfectly positioned and intentioned source. Join me on the virtual playa and “Welcome Home” to Burners and non-Burners alike. To learn more about the non-profit, Burning Man Project, visit us here. Hope to see you on the virtual playa this week!

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