The ‘Art of Burning Man’ Transported from Desert by VR to Smithsonian–Just Steps from White House

Published by , August 13, 2018 2:00 pm

(Smithsonian) The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) announced a partnership with Intel and Linden Lab (creators of Second Life) that turns its current exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, into a virtual experience on Linden Lab’s social VR platform, Sansar. Now those with VR headsets, whether they be individuals or groups, can virtually tour No Spectators (alone or with Smithsonian tour guides), an incredibly faithful simulation of the exhibition’s immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, and ephemera.
“The works are totally immersive, completely unique, and come together in a context unlike any they’d been seen in before,” says Sara Snyder, SAAM’s chief of external affairs and digital strategy. “You expect to see them out in the Nevada desert, but you’ve never seen them in an art museum before–let alone one in a historic building just steps from the White House.”