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This reminds of the tech in the Terry Gilliam movie, Brazil. What an awesome look. The keyboards are especially striking.
A very gifted artist! These particular pieces remind me of some elements of the show "Warehouse 13". thanks for sharing this unusual art form with us.
DOn't know if anyone has mentioned this (haven't got time to check all comments), but Higo-winning SF?Fantasy cartoonist Phil Foglio and wife Kaja have an incredibly rich and long-running steampunk graphic novel/webcomic (new pages MWF) called "Girl Genius": http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/
The thing about visual steampunk is that while most of the components may be mass-produced (nuts, bolts, moldings), most of the assemblies are not.
I absolutely love these computers and keyboards. I had no idea that people made them this way. I collect antique furniture and these are gorgeous artworks.
I watched one episode and didn't like it, but I thought it was S01E01 and it couldn't have been because there was backstory I obviously had missed. Maybe a 2 hour pilot episode? The only good thing about the episode I watched was that Tricia Helfer was in it. I've also decided as of Warehouse 13 that I am officially done with the long, drawn-out subplot of the good-looking male and female who are working together and consistently deny their feelings towards each other. I want the next series to start off with, "Hey, baby, let's get it on right now and remove this silly sexual tension. Then we can get on with the show and the real plot!"
Very, very cool creations. The article, including the photo captions seemed almost to be plugging the term "steampunk" as much as exploring the actual functional art.I wonder if there are other artist/technicians designing and building similar themed objects under a different, less ridiculous name? I have no problem creating a new term, but why "steampunk? I get the "steam" reference to earlier technology, but what has "punk" got to do with this style or genre? Isn't punk philosophy about undisciplined, angry, profane, near-violent self expression? From what I can see of these elegant creations, they are anything but "punk".
The term Steampunks was coined by Science Fiction Author K.W. Jeter referring to the people in Victorian fantasy novels. As in his sequel to H.G. Wells Time Machine, Morlock Night. Punk meaning they were different than the other people. Perhaps a you may prefer the less popular term "Retrotronics".
Steampunk is not a new term invented for this article. It was coined in 1987 by a relatively minor science-fiction writer to describe the works of three authors who were writing stories and novels using Jules Verne/H. G. Wells style technology. The term was picked up in gaming circles, particularly fans of a game called Space 1889. Cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson gave a boost to the fiction genre by co-authoring the novel "The Difference Enginge" featuring Babbage's concept of a steam-powered computer. The visual style was established as a pop culture phenomenon by the movies "Wild Wild west" and especially "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," both of which drew heavily on 90's science fiction illustrators. That's why "steampunk." Now, why is Art Deco called Art Deco?
The pointer in particular. It doesn't appear it would work very well for mouse-intensive games, but you never know...
I'm quite surprised that nobody has picked up the Steampunk theme and run with it for a movie (aside from the background elements in Hellboy and the League of Extrodinary Gentlemen - there may be others - enlighten me if there are). It intrigues so many people. If I had the backing, I'd be pursuing Girl Genius for the movie rights!
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, Time After Time, Nausica? of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, The City of Lost Children, Wild Wild West, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Metropolis, Vidocq, Turn A Gundam, Howl's Moving Castle, Steamboy, Van Helsing, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, The Prestige, Sherlock Holmes, Sky Captain and the World of Tommorrow (elements of steampunk mixed with WWII genre), The Golden Compass. Obviously one of the better examples of steampunk influence on television at this time is Warehouse 13.
Or whatever it was... that seems more like "steamsploitation" to me, but what the hey. Hm, I wonder if there's a version of SH out there where the "we're dealing with a madman" -line makes sense.
Ah yes, I keep forgetting Wild Wild West, and I really need to see SH again because I can't remember ANYTHING about it. Wasn't there a steampunk-esque movie with Angelina Jolie as well? Didn't see it but I remember seeing ads for it.