Multiverse.

We are all citizens of the Multiverse.

We came together to participate in a new way. We met new Burners, and mingled with old friends. We gazed in awe at art, danced under the digital stars, and joined in workshops, celebrations and pranks. 

And then we spiraled off to spark new realities in each of our own, continually emerging Universes.

How was it for you? We want to hear about your experiences in the Multiverse!

Ethereal Empyrean Experience: Temple 2020

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BRCvr

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The Infinite Playa

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Multiverse

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SparkleVerse

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Build-A-Burn

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BURN2

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Mysticverse

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The Bridge Experience

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Burn Night: Live From Home

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Thank You, One and All.

For sharing your gifts, your weird ideas, your hearts, and your imaginations. 

Back in 1986, a bunch of folks built a Man on Baker Beach, and launched a million souls on a journey that continues to evolve. The Multiverse is simply the newest iteration into an ever-emerging frontier of co-creation, storytelling, and community-building.

What’s next is anyone’s guess. We do know there will be playa magic. And people who fully show up to imagine and co-create impossible things. There will be awe, collective struggle, growth and wonder. And we will always Burn the Man.

What Was the Multiverse?

The Multiverse was an endlessly expanding virtual Burning Man. August 30 to September 6, 2020, all were invited to co-create and explore eight Universes, a virtual Temple, and a globally distributed Man Burn.

Gratitude

It takes a community. A Multiverse doesn’t just emerge from the ether. Visit our Gratitude Page in acknowledgement and appreciation of all the people who coded, designed, crafted, planned, and stayed up long nights, inspired by the unlimited possibilities of Burning Man culture. #thankslarry

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You Can Still Share Your Virtual Events!

Kindling is Burning Man Project’s global portal for live, participatory events. If you’re planning a virtual experience — a performance, celebration, workshop, or something else 

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Burn Night: Live From Home

After spending Burn Week exploring the marvels of the Multiverse, participants came together on September 5, 2020 for Burn Night: Live From Home. All were invited to connect with the global Burning Man community for a worldwide, around-the-clock Burn Night extravaganza! They downloaded the Mini Man blueprint or created their own burnable effigy to safely host small Burns wherever they were. Burners all over the world shared their Burns via the 24-hour live stream, while thousands more tuned in to connect around the fire for a full day and night of Burns around the globe.

Ethereal Empyrean Experience: Temple 2020

As a global community we are witnessing a deep sense of vulnerability in ourselves and each other. The Empyrean Temple team embraced the virtual pivot and was dedicated to creating an inclusive, healing Temple space where visitors could share, express, process, grieve and heal during this transformative time.

BRCvr

Inspired by the Multiverse theme, a crew of veteran Burners has created BRCvr — Black Rock City in full VR, complete with current and past art installations, structures, theme camps, live talks, classes, and performances. Multiverse participants will be able to freely explore a full, at-scale version of Black Rock City via most virtual reality headsets and through Windows and Mac desktop applications. Lose your friends on the Esplanade; dance on an art car; visit the Temple; look for your yearbook photo; even fly to the top of the Man and set off fireworks.

BRCvr at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Mac, or PC with Windows 10 OR VR headset
  • VR headset types: Oculus Rift CV1, HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Windows, Mixed Reality
  • App install required: Yes
  • Free: Yes
  • Family friendly area: Yes

The Infinite Playa

The Infinite Playa features a fully interactive, playable experience set to a photoreal rendition of the Playa — from the cracked desert floor to the surrounding mountains and the occasional dust storm, participants will feel right at “Home". Accessible via browser on a desktop computer or mobile device, participants will be able roam the deep playa, ride on mutant vehicles and enjoy live performances and talks. Artists, camps and inspired individuals all have the opportunity to bring their unique offerings — anything from art pieces rendered with full 3D detail, to live-streamed performances.

The Infinite Playa at a Glance:

  • Open date: Monday, August 31, 2020. Programming begins at 12pm PDT. Experience opens at 6pm PDT.
  • Equipment needed: Mobile phone OR computer
  • App install required: No
  • Free: No
  • Family friendly area: Yes

The Bridge Experience

Created by the team behind the Love Burn, The Bridge Experience is an interactive, fully immersive, 3D web-based virtual reality (XR) Burn accessible via any device. It is a passion project built by new and old Burners who are committed to simplifying the barriers to entry by adjoining Extended Reality (XR) technology with the 10 Principles. The Bridge Experience team welcomes participation by artists, volunteers, greeters, organizers, creatives, techies, and camps.

The Bridge Experience at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Mobile phone, computer with Chrome browser OR VR headset
  • VR headset types: Oculus Quest
  • App install required: No
  • Free: Yes
  • Family friendly area: Yes

Multiverse

Multiverse is a full-scale, virtual interactive Black Rock City that includes the deep playa. The creators are working with theme camps who are designing virtual communities and sound stages that will broadcast live events, workshops, and live music. And they’re collaborating with artists to translate art installations into 3D form to be experienced on the playa. Participants will appear as 3D avatars who can communicate via live voice in one unified experience, whether on a mobile phone or VR headset.

Multiverse at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Mobile phone
  • App install required: Yes
  • Free: No
  • Family friendly area: No

Build-A-Burn

Build-A-Burn is an interactive digital space that has already hosted events, including fantastical remote Burns, all by empowering the community to celebrate their creativity. Using just a browser and webcam on any device, participants will be able to wander an art-filled playa with friends old and new. Prepare to bend the reality of time and space, authentically connect with others in facilitated workshops, stand too close to some of your favorite DJs, and more.

Build-A-Burn at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Computer with Chrome browser
  • App install required: No
  • Free: Yes
  • Family friendly area: No

SparkleVerse

SparkleVerse is a 2D web-based Universe — kind of like a cross between Google Maps and a video game — that enables participants to serendipitously mingle with other Burners who are in close proximity while co-experiencing magical spaces and performances. Anyone can join and share a performance, theme camp, art piece or a trash fence party. Accessible via any mobile or desktop web browser, experiences people create will sit on a 2-D explorable playa map, with its uniquely located video avatars and ambient audio.

SparkleVerse at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12 noon PDT on Sunday, August 30, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Mobile phone OR computer
  • App install required: No
  • Free: No (min $1; add’l donation requested)
  • Family friendly area: No

BURN2

BURN2 preview

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man culture and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man Regional, the only virtual one out of more than 100 Regional groups worldwide. BURN2 is accessible via any device with a web browser and a Second Life viewer. During Burn Week, BURN2 will participate with past Man builds, art installations, and an authorized 3D replication and burn of the Empyrean Temple.

BURN2 at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Computer
  • App install required: Yes
  • Free: Yes
  • Family friendly area: No

Mysticverse

MysticVerse

MysticVerse is a fully immersive, interactive 3D Universe, a full expression of a virtual Black Rock City complete with theme camps, art installations, live events, deep playa, and more. Its VR platform is designed to empower anyone to harness their inner artist. Accessible via mobile, desktop, VR and any operating system. All are welcome to join the digital village of artists, 2D & 3D modelers, project managers, UX/UI designers, technologists, visionaries and communicators.

MysticVerse at a Glance:

  • Open date: 12:01am PDT Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Equipment needed: Mobile phone, computer, OR VR headset
  • VR headset types: Any
  • App install required: No
  • Free: Yes
  • Family friendly area: Yes

A Practical Guide to Navigating the Multiverse

Multiverse

SparkleVerse

MysticVerse

The Bridge

BRCvr

Infinite Playa

Build-a-Burn

BURN2

Temple 2020

Burn Night Live

Interface

2D Experience

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

3D or VR Support

X

X

X

X

X

X

Family-Friendly Area

X

X

X

X

X

X

Equipment

Mobile Accessible

X

X

X

X

X

TBD

X

Computer Accessible

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

VR Headset

Optional

Optional

Optional

Preferred

Optional

X

Models of Headset

Oculus Quest

Any

Any

Oculus Rift
CV1
HTC Vive
Oculus Go
Oculus Quest
Windows Mixed Reality

Oculus Quest
Steam VR

Camera

Preferred

Preferred

X

Microphone

Preferred

Preferred

Preferred

X

Optional

Access

Requires Registration

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Requires Payment

X

X

Requires Application Install

X

X

X

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