Contemporary technology and Victorian styling will collide in spectacular fashion during The Antipodean Steampunk Show at Tasma Terrace!
If today's technology had been introduced in the 19th century, what would the world look like?
The Antipodean Steampunk Show attempts to answer this question in a fascinating mash-up of past, future, and fantasy. Rapidly changing technology and the modern obsession with continual consumption have led to an endless process of upgrade, improvement and replacement. Today's production lines are inevitably tomorrow's landfill. The Steampunk movement rails against this mentality by using elaborate craftsmanship to transform mass produced - and easily discarded - contemporary products into unique objects of desire.
Born in literature in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi 'Cyberpunk' genre, the visual richness of
Steampunk work soon transcended the page. Its influence can be found in film and fashion, as well as in the workshops of scores of hobbyist tinkerers and professional artists alike.
The artists contributing to the Steampunk exhibition come from a range of cross-discipline backgrounds including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoe-makers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and hobbyists. The dynamic works to be exhibited during The Antipodean Steampunk Show include jewellery, shoes, time machines, ray guns, photography and music players, all modified to reflect 19th century aesthetics.
The Antipodean Steampunk Show is an artisan travelling exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
Artisan is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Artisan acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Content: National Trust of Australia (Victoria)