1.- Intro: Eurosteam Con in Spain
After the success of Eurosteam Con 2012, this year’s edition is approaching full steam ahead! As announced by its main promoter, Marcus Rauchfuß, it is going to take place across Europe on 28th and 29th September 2013 .
Taking into consideration that Decimononic is an international project located in Spain, we would like to focus on the events foreseen within our own country. We have to say that Eurosteam Con is generating considerable buzz beyond the niche of the Spanish Steampunk scene: articles like this one published on Kultura Gótika, Leer magazine or even TV news (Cuatro, Tele 5), may be considered some representative examples.
There are seven locations confirmed at present (sorted by alphabetical order):
As per the autor:
Paleblack is the first music video from the independent artist Spiky. It deals with 5’30 of rock / modern / orchestral music. Percussive and dynamic periods are alternating for lull or even arrhythmia making it a complete and contrasted musical experience.
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When thinking about a lush baroque gothic there really only is one name that springs to mind. Bibian Blue may not be known by everyone internationally yet, and we stress ‘yet!’ But it is already an iconic name within certain circles, call these ‘art house’ style fashion groups if you will. Bibian Blue is certainly one of top when it comes to the neo vintage style. More than just a fashion ‘look’ it has become a lifestyle for many, and Bibian Blue seems to have tapped into this when it was a very underground concept.
Take the 2008 Vintage collection from Bibian Blue. The detailing as well as contemporary takes on the looks were already being developed when Rockabilly and Pin Up were a twinkle in many designers eye. The vintage style certainly has evolved and developed since those early hedonistic days. But here’s the thing- the newer collections at Bibian Blue are just as esoteric and creative as ever!
1.- The interviewee
Born in 1971, Bruno Accioly is a Brazilian author, lecturer and public speaker. Editor in Chief of SteamPunk.com.br since 2007, co-founder of the Conselho Steampunk in 2008 and of the Sociedade Retrofuturista (‘Retrofuturistic Society’) in 2010, he is one of the main promoters and developers of the Steampunk movement in his country.
2.- Past, present and future of Brazilian Steampunk
Bruno, welcome to our series of brief interviews!
Q.- The Conselho Steampunk was founded in June 2008 by Raul Cândido Ruiz and you, with only two Lodges (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo). A couple of years ago it had reached other ten states, which is an irrefutable evidence of the success of this model in which the Conselho offers technological and cultural support to whoever wants to establish a Lodge in her/his state or to whoever wishes to join a Lodge as contributor. Talk to us about the Brazilian Steampunk community at present, please.
Bruno Accioly (BA).- Although Conselho SteamPunk is considered a large group, present in many states, there are a bunch of smaller groups of enthusiasts organizing in their own cities and Conselho SteamPunk itself, as it is not a centralized organization, has a diverse universe of members in terms of interests and talents.
Conselho SteamPunk offers some structure for the group of enthusiast interested in promoting the SteamPunk Culture, but it is expected that some people need to feel on the margin of the movement somehow protected from a possible “mainstream-ization” of the genre.
What I’ve noticed about the movement in Brazil is that the amount of people interested not only on SteamPlay (the SteamPunk cosplay) is growing or, maybe, the SteamPlayers are gathering around other aspects of the SteamPunk Culture.
The search for a brazilian identity for SteamPunk marches on and I think that, at least in terms of literature, we are getting there.
Back in 1990 three Swedish kids (Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Rickard Westman) went to see a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with music performed by a.o. Olov Johansson. The experience was so impressive that they decided to start a band: Garmarna. Shortly afterwards, Jens Höglin enrolled the group and Emma Härdelin, a long-time friend of the band, joined the band as vocalist in 1993. The debut album of this flok-rock band, ‘Vittrad’ (Withered), released in April 1994, was nominated for a Swedish Grammy, and their second album, ‘Guds Spelemän’ (The fiddlers of God) received the Swedish Grammy award as Album of the Year 1996.
With lyrics in Swedish, ‘Gamen’ belongs to third full-length album of the band: ‘Vedergällningen’ (Vengeance). We are captivated by the wild energy of this song and its exquisite balance between tradition and modernity.