Fantasy inspires invention at Steampunk show

13 August 2013

Contemporary technology and Victorian styling will collide in spectacular fashion during The Antipodean Steampunk Show at The Workshops Rail Museum from 18 August to 13 October.

Set amongst rail heritage, visitors can expect a fascinating mash-up of past, future and fantasy in this collective perspective of what the world would be like if today's technology had been introduced in the 19th century.

Born in literature in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi ‘Cyberpunk’ genre, the visual richness of Steampunk work soon transcended the page and its influence can be found in film, fashion and in the workshops of scores of hobbyist, tinkerers and professional artists alike.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said hosting the show is a fun twist on industrial history and creativity.

"We're used to stimulating imaginations by mixing reality with fiction for our young visitors, so this is an exciting opportunity to exhibit a portion of a fascinating subculture for our adult visitors, especially since its Australian following continues to grow," Mr Moritz said.

"Visitors don't need to be Steampunkers to enjoy this exhibition as the beauty of this genre is that it lends itself to a variety of different tastes and creative appreciation."

The artists contributing to the Steampunk exhibition come from a range of cross-discipline backgrounds including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoe-makers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and hobbyists.

The dynamic works to be exhibited include jewellery, shoes, time machines, ray guns, photography and music players, all modified to reflect 19th century aesthetics.

The Antipodean Steampunk Show is an artisan travelling exhibition. Artisan produces Australia’s largest touring exhibition program of craft and design.

This exhibition has been supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia. 

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

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Museum Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995