1.- The interviewee
Austin Sirkin, a scholar and writer who has been studying the Steampunk movement for nearly a decade, and is one of the world’s leading experts on it. His work can be found in various blogs around the internet, as well as in the recent anthology Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution
2.- Steampunk beyond conventionalisms
Q.- Austin, we love your sense of humour (try reading ‘15 Types Of Annoying Steampunks’ without smiling) and your irreverent approach to Steampunk because we are convinced that a fresh look is essential in order to develop a deeper and wider vision. You have been involved in the US Steampunk scene since 2006 with a prolific activity as divulgator: blogger, columnist, panelist, podcaster… Why is Steampunk so attractive for you?
Austin Sirkin (AS).- Thank you! I think that when you get involved with something you love a lot, it’s easy to lose your sense of humor. Since no one is making tons of money on Steampunk, everyone is involved because they love it. That can lead to a lot of ruffled feathers! As a result, I always try to include my sense of humor in anything I write so as to bring some smiles back into what can be an awfully upsetting dialogue for many.
Steampunk is attractive to me for a variety of reasons. First of all, I grew up reading as much sci-fi and fantasy as I could get my hands on, among which were the classics by Verne and Wells. I also grew up watching reruns of The Wild, Wild West, so I’ve always had an interest in Steampunk since before I even knew that it was a “thing”. Second, my clothing preferences have always leaned toward the fancy and Victorian, so when I discovered Steampunk, it was sort of a natural fit. Third, for the longest time, I wanted to be more involved in costuming, but until Steampunk took hold, it was exceedingly rare to find someone cosplaying a unique character. Practically everyone was dressed up as a character from a movie, or a TV show, or a comic book, or whatever, and let me tell you how hard it is to find characters in popular media that are a little on the heavyset side who have a goatee and glasses; it’s extremely hard! So when the metaphorical Steampunk ship pulled up with the prospect of cosplaying unique characters, I jumped right on board!
It is clear that Christmas time is not unrelated to the supernatural. In fact, telling spooky tales upon a Christmas night is a long tradition in many cultures and probably you have read yourself ‘A Christmas Carol’, the classical story written by Charles Dickens.
I still have not found verified information about this, but I have the feeling that séances gets boosted during Christmas time. Why do I think this? Because Christmas celebrations have an intense family component that makes us miss our beloved ones more than ever precisely at this critical moment. For many people Christmas séances are not the exception, but the rule.
At the end of the nineteenth century this was even more tangible, as spiritualism was all the rage. This was reflected, for example, in the second season’s Christmas Special of one of the most acclaimed British television series of all times: Downton Abbey. In this single episode a séance takes place, using a ouija board.
It seems like only yesterday when we started Decimononic as experimental project, but more than three years have gone since August 2010. Therefore, this seems a good moment to look back and set everything in order to beging working in new directions.
This is a very brief blog post to announce that all the Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry pieces we have created during this time have been regrouped in a singular collection: the Machinarium Collection.
We are very happy to share with you this simple video that offers a panoramic view of the Machinarium Collection, hope you like it!
More exciting news very soon!
Duncan Evans (also known as Henry Hyde Bronsdon, guitarist of A Forest Of Stars) describes himself as a dark folk singer-songwriter with storyteller approach. With a dark and haunting feel, his songs speak of ‘simple people in extraordinary situations, dreams and delusions, and myths and legends of the supernatural kind’.
‘Lodestone’, a collection of musical short stories in the tradition of folklore and songsmithery not only of English provenance, is the first solo album of Duncan Evans, and ‘Girl on the hill’ is its second single. The animated music video for the song was created by the visual artist Ingram Blakelock.
‘Onboard a gigantic steam machine, a pilot tries to flee the monstrous storm he created’.
A film by Thomas PLAETE – 2D Animation – 6mn – 2010
Thomas Plaete, a French 2D animator, created this internationally-awarded short film in Adobe After Effects. It offers six minutes of aesthetic delight with a monochromatic palette and an outstanding sense of scale, and has been screened in more than 20 countries.
Official website: http://nimbusmachina.blogspot.com.es/