Thursday, September 1, 2011

Steampunk 101

This You Tube video is a 5 min primer.. produced by no less than PBS!... on Steampunk. I've seen these cosplayers at Conventions, and wondered "what's up"..... so this gives some background. One of the artists describes the asthetic as "a collision of fashion & technology." It's interesting.. sort of like those weird glasses Johnny Depp wears in Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kinda cool... if a little creepy. I'm on the fence I have to say.

From PBS. Org:
'Steampunk art evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power. Technology, though highly advanced, has taken on a very different look and feel, and fashion is heavily influenced by Victorian styles. In this episode, we explore the Steampunk aesthetic and art movement. We speak with a Steampunk artist, a composer who created an entire piece of music inspired by Steampunk, and a performing arts collective whose work falls naturally into this intriguing world. "

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