Assemblage is a primary technique for Steampunk artists. PBS Arts presents a sweet overview of Steampunk in its Off Book series. My favorite quote, by Dr. Grymm:

“Finding these antique pieces and refurbishing them into other things… I’ve always done that. If I find a piece and it can’t be fixed and built back to what it was then why don’t I repurpose it into something new that is just as beautiful?”

The music work is also fascinating! I didn’t know there was a genre of music for Steampunk. For sure if I lived in NYC I would visit the Steampunk Haunted House, wow!

Off Book: Steampunk from PBS Arts on Vimeo.

Steampunk art evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power. Technology, though highly advanced, has taken on a very different look and feel, and fashion is heavily influenced by Victorian styles. In this episode, we explore the Steampunk aesthetic and art movement. We speak with a Steampunk artist, a composer who created an entire piece of music inspired by Steampunk, and a performing arts collective whose work falls naturally into this intriguing world.

Featuring:

Joey Marsocci aka Dr Grymm: http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.net/
Third Rail Projects: http://thirdrailprojects.com/
David Bruce, Composer: http://www.davidbruce.net/
Ensemble ACJW: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Academy/Ensemble-ACJW/

Additional Art By:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wbur/5263191443/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/donpezzano/3956829477/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/almostjaded/1343511972/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezra1311/5880325465/
http://danielproulx.blogspot.com/
http://urbandon.blogspot.com/
http://cyborgnecromancer.deviantart.com/art/Steampunk-Santa-72796605
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Aranwen
http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Segway-Legway-/
http://robinlatkovich.com/
http://acidkitty3.deviantart.com/art/SteamPunk-Hello-Kitty-2-195343972
http://shirtoid.com/44341/steampunk-ponies/
http://ericpoulton.blogspot.com

Music by:

Anitek: http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/Anitek

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