Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Steampunk Workshop Information


Reimagined History, Science Fiction, Nostalgia, Victorian Aesthetics, Steampower, Clockwork, Gears

“Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction… frequently featuring elements of fantasy…The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used” (Wikipedia. 2010.

“What is Steampunk? I usually start out my explanation with this: Imagine if 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [by Jules Verne] were history, and not fiction…A culture stuck in the Victorian Era, where electricity never took over the world, and technology is still steam-driven…Coal fires boil water, producing steam, which fuels the technology that motors your vehicles, on earth or water, or better yet, gliding through the air in the form of graceful dirigibles [air ships]” (Designs by Victoria. 2010. Etsy Steamteam.

“Steampunk is an anachronistic mixture of Victorian styles and mechanical steam-powered fantasy technology, originating with such authors as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells…[it] exemplifies this blend of history and invention. Steampunk…includes common themes (discovery, bricolage, invention, et al.) and objects (dirigibles, clockworks, engines, et al.), [and] generates a sense of Victorian nostalgia or re-imagined history” (Steamteam, 2010 Email correspondence).

Rebellion, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Speculative Fiction into Science Fiction. Retrofuturism

Steampunk is the modern imitation of actual Victorian speculative fiction. It fits into the genre of science fiction along with cyber punk and other forms of imaginative futures, and stemapunk is also a form of retrofuturism or revisionist history. According to Wikipedia (2010), the term “Steampunk” was coined in 1979 by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying describe literature that imitated conventions of actual Victorian speculative fiction such as H. G. Wells's The Time Machine (1895).

What does Steampunk have to do with Bellydance anyway?

Speculative fiction works from the Victorian period, by authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, have been built off of by contemporary writers, directors, artists, musicians, and now – dancers!

Check Out:

· “Sleepy Hollow” Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci. Director: Tim Burton (1999)

· “The Brothers Grimm” Matt Damon, Heath Leger, Monica Belluci. Director: Terry Gilliam (2005)

· “Lemony Snickets’ A Series of Unfortunate Events” Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep. Director: Brad Silberling (2004)

· “Return to Oz” Fairuza Balk. Director: Walter Murch (1985)

· “12 Monkeys” Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis. Director: Terry Gilliam (1995)


· Abney Park – Industrial electronic music about steampunk themes

· Attrition – gothic industrial

· Beats Antique – made-for-bellydancing electronic music with gears and clockwork sounds

· Beat Circus – circus-y danceable music with a steampunk edge

· Circus Contraption – circus, Balkan music with a burlesque edge

· Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society – Victorian fusion

· The Decemberists – circus rock

· Dr. Steel – industrial steampunk themed music with circus edge

· David Lynch & Jocelyn Montgomery – weird industrial music with female vocals

· James Fisher – spooky circus

· Jill Tracy – gothic female vocals with circus / burlesque feel

· Life Toward Twilight – music box and record player sounds (nice intros)

· The Peculiar Pretzelman – “Undertaker” is an eclectic, circus-polka song

· Pentaphobe – gothic industrial with circus sounds

· Vernian Process – industrial, traditional soundtrack steampunk (FREE! Check out their website)

Artists, Designers, and More:

· Etsy’s Steamteam

· GypsyKiss (Amy Danielson)

· Ayperi Bellydancer’s Souk (me)

· Geisha Moth

· Tempest

· Black Lotus clothing

· Velvet Mechanism

· Opal Moon Designs

· Urban Heirlooms

· Bonzie

· Lulu Splendor

· Boiler Goth

· Wildthymeboutique

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