We are burners. We travel every year to a place on earth that represents the idea that all of us as humans are members of one big family. That our survival as species ultimately is defined by our ability to help one another. That a union of people united in giving a gift, and accepting one another as equals gives birth to a utopia. We build a city in one of the harshest places on earth and struggle to survive. But ironically we enjoy every second of it because the struggle is a shared struggle. And a shared struggle gives birth to a real community where not only we survive, we thrive. The Black Rock Desert is a sacred place where a social experiment takes place. And this experiment teaches us that there is no strong wind that can bend the will and fortitude of a united people. That there is no dust storm that makes us lose sight of our values.
Now that mother nature has yet again challenged us, we are determined to find a way for our family to come together. We will gather in another realm. And we will do that by gifting a never-seen-before technology to our community— built in true Burner style by the force of our communal effort.
We simulated a full-scale, virtual interactive Black Rock City including the deep Playa. Theme camps are designing their virtual communities and sound stages and will broadcast live events workshops and music. Artists are translating their incredible art into a 3D form that to be experienced in the playa. Burners will appear as 3D avatars communicating via live voice, in one unified experience, whether on a mobile phone or VR headset.
Although we lose the ability to touch the playa dust, we gain the ability to reach out to the corners of our planet, inviting everyone to learn what is meant by Radical Inclusion and about our culture and values.
For us this is another social experiment: can we achieve the same sense of community we experience in Black Rock City by leaving our bodies behind in this dimension and taking our consciousness to another so we can gather once again? What if we can? Let’s try.
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