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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Intriguing World of Steampunk

This past Saturday I was hanging out at MAC 650 Artspace Gallery when a really interesting dude walked in. His name was Joey Marsocci and he is a Steampunk artist. Now maybe I live in an artistic bubble, but I've never heard of Steampunk art before. Mr. Marsocci was nice enough to share his art form with me and I was fucking impressed. This shit is real cool. He also brought in some of his work which kicked ass! Both the images in this blog post were done by Joey Marsocci. I actualy got to see the gun in person. Check out his site, and below is the Wikipedia deffinition of what Steampuck is. Check it out, it is pretty cool stuff and it really inspired me. I might try to work some elements of it into my new work after the Twinkies and Robots show.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.

Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual craftpersons into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

Later, Joe

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