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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk).
“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. http://www.etsysteamteam.com).
“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
· “The Brothers Grimm” Matt Damon, Heath Leger, Monica Belluci. Director: Terry Gilliam (2005)
· Ayperi Bellydancer’s Souk (me)
· Black Lotus clothing