Monday, 4 January 2010
Steampunk! An inspirational exhibition
Happy New Year. In search of inspiration, I visited the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford yesterday to see its 'Steampunk' exhibition. What is Steampunk? It's difficult to explain but as I see it, it's the imagineering of new objects and machinery as if made by Victorian boffins. Confusing, yes but brilliantly mad. Each object is machined and manufactured by modern day artists in copper, mahogany and other materials typical of the age and show a vision of what Victorian i-pods, webcams and other devices may have looked like if the inventors of the time had been granted a brief glimpse into the future. It feels like a trip around a film set, perhaps 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' but also the whole thing fits perfectly with the genuine pieces of Victoriana in the museum. In fact, I took a close look at the items on several floors in the museum before eventually discovering the Steampunk section in the basement.