Nate Morris has traveled three times around the world to dance with strangers and party a bus decorated like a giant sheep at the annual Burning Man event. This year he is trying to replicate the same experience in a virtual reality headset in his Sydney, Australia apartment.
“I just walked in to talk to people and I came across a place where you can paint,” the 30-year-old DJ said after arriving at Virtual Burn, which began Sunday.
Organizers of Burning Man, now in its 35th edition, have called off the physical event in the Nevada desert out of concern for Covid. Instead, they have created Virtual Burn Week, which ends next Tuesday.
Instead of camping in the desert, participants use virtual reality headsets and computer screens to replay the actual event with as much detail as possible, even the many-hour jams.
Last week, virtual vehicles began queuing at the door of virtual Black Rock City. In normal times, a community of camps, pop-ups and fantastic art shows come out of the alkaline dust for a week every August on a crepe beach surrounded by rugged mountains 100 miles northeast of Reno.