Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Age of Steampunk

The "Nagy Magical-Movable-Type Pixello-Dynamotronic Computational Engine" or simply "Computational Engine" by Datamancer. What looks like a book on the stand at right is actually a flatbed scanner and the circular centerpiece is a cd-rom drive. And yes, the keyboard has typewriter keys.

The Boston Globe is running a lovely article "The Age of Steampunk" on art/techno/victoriana-philes creating steampunk-like artifacts out of modern technology. At the heart of the article is the transcendence of our own modern ornamentation. Ours is an era of sleek minamalism that is ultimately forgetable. There are those (no one I know of course) that long for the heft of anachronistic apparati.

Take a look at some of the inventive conversions and wonderful works of art in the Globe's Gallery. Also, don't forget to take a look at Datamancer's works, many of which are higlighted in the article.

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