Steampunk inspiration and resources

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

Life got away from me this week and I find myself on a family trip in NYC and without the video update for the Steam Tour campaign I was hoping to shoot before I left 😦 The update was going to focus on the itinerary, so I thought I would write a little somethin’ for you in the meantime.

It’s still too far out to assign any real dates to these site visits, but generally I will be London Aug 15ish-Sept 16ish if the campaign gets fully funded by May 10. I hope to do some meet-ups with London steampunks during that time (fingers crossed) in addition to the planned visits to museums, tours and sites. There will also be some amazing museum exhibitions going on with a definite Steampunk and/or Victorian bent, and maybe a meetup could happen at one of these great places, too!

But if you can’t go to London or you don’t live there you are going to miss out on a lot of great stuff. Unless you come along with me of course, so make a pledge or I can’t do my Steam Tour!

Here are a couple exhibit descriptions to wet your appetite…

Longitude Punk’d at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Now-Jan 2015

Globe of Dislocation, part of Longitude Punkd

Globe of Dislocation, part of Longitude Punkd

Delve into the weird and wonderful world ofLongitude Punk’d, where sci-fi collides with 18th-century innovation – an immersive experience never tried before, in the last place you would expect to see it…

Steampunk artists have taken over the Time galleries at the Royal Observatory, creating a lavishly re-imagined story of the pursuit for longitude. Bursting with quirky characters, this witty, theatrical, and fabulously inventive narrative reinterprets the science and the drama of the 18th-century quest, bringing to life madcap inventors, stargazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the past.

Let these characters take you on an adventure into a world where scientific convention and the laws of nature have been re-written; a world where the steampunk inventors are the greatest minds of the day striving to solve the longitude problem. Discover specially created pieces, large and small, by steampunk luminaries including Robert Rankin, Doctor Geof, Emilly Ladybird and Major Thaddeus Tinker, as they take over the grand historic rooms of Flamsteed House and spill out into the Meridian Courtyard, exuberantly blurring the boundaries between art and science, fact and fiction. (Visit their website by clicking title above)

My article– I want to look at some of the nitty gritty of navigation and the seafaring life (pirates anyone?) during that time period in addition to taking tons of great photos of the contraptions to share with you back home. 

Cairo to Constantinople, Buckingham Palace Now-Feb 2015

Prince Albert Edward

Prince Albert Edward

In 1862, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on a four-month educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the British photographer Francis Bedford (1815-94). This exhibition documents his journey through the work of Bedford, the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. It explores the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today. 

The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and travelled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents. On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that has hitherto been placed before the public’. (Visit the museum website by clicking the title above.)

My article- The Victorian era was a time of discovery for many people because of all the adventure stories and scientific romances that became available to the general public. Places like Egypt and the Middle East were so foreign they captivated a generation of Victorians and still inspire Steampunk authors. This is your chance to find out more about ‘Orientalism’ and how it captured the imaginations of the English populace.

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