Steampunk | Off Book | PBS

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Videos | 34 comments

Subscribe to the new Off Book channel at 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: Third Rail Projects: David Bruce, Composer: Ensemble ACJW: Additional Art By: http Music by Anitek: Follow Off Book: Twitter: @pbsoffbook Tumblr: Produced by Kornhaber Brown:
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Steampunk exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. For a catalogue of the exhibition see Art Donovan, The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement (Fox Chapel Publishing; available in the UK September 2011).
Video Rating: 4 / 5



  1. Steampunk is predominantly Cos-play. It is people dressing up and playing pretend. It’s also craft and art. Little of it is science. It’s mostly aesthetic.

  2. Lemoncrate has the largest steam punk jewelries collection with over 10,000 pieces. And now we have a Love it Win it going on.

  3. Great video. What if you want to get one of those awesome pieces? 

  4. The lack of science kills almost all of the appeal. There are some cool looking contraptions and outfits (especially the ladies), but that’s as far as the appeal goes for me. If some of it were functional, that would be pretty cool, but the fact that it’s only fashion makes it akin to dressing up and pretending to be vampires or ’50s rockabillies. It’s all wishful thinking, which I guess is what appeals to most that are interested.

  5. well if you see it in that way it really doesn’t make sense but i think that steampunk is not a mix of the future with the past .. is like the view of the future in the past ,like an alternative future because it didn’t happened…maybe is a little confusing haha but is that makes it interesting : )


  7. Just love it

  8. Yes, the innovation of Steampunk IS the fact that it mixes the past with the future which I don’t think has been done (on such a scale) before. This does require a whole new way of thinking and you know, calling something retarded which you just don’t understand isn’t a very smart thing to do…

  9. its like mixing grunge with abstract

  10. im a ggraphic designer, i can appreciate some steampunt art, im just not into it, im into grunge, abstract, manipulation, and whole variety of different things but steampunk seems a bit too depressing for me b ecause it mixes the past with the future, the past is the past which could be antique designs but if you mix it, it just doesn’t make sense to me

  11. Isn’t every form of creativity actually ‘escaping reality?’ What’s so depressing about steampunk anyways? I mean, other today’s art is much worse…

  12. This is probably the most retarted fad/philosophy, it is dark, depressing, the whole thing feels and looks a dumb way to escape from reality and try create and alternative reality like a moron. Of course it has some good things about it like the antique objects and stuff but the whole philosphy of it seems A bit depressing.

  13. I just found out I am steampunk. I just did not know what it was called. I actually just bought the same exact vest he was wearing in the video two days before I watched it.

  14. me to steam punk is so cool

  15. Victorian, steam, steam is still big today it’s not as ornate as it was!

  16. steampunk= movie steam boy, bioshock seriers, anything dwarven from elder scrolls…

  17. Steampunk=No plastic

  18. it is much more than just those crazy objects, it is the whole philosophy behind it.. pretty incredible.
    this movie is also a great source of inspiration for our coming soon design challenge: Eyewear.

  19. Fabulous! -3 -3 these artists. Our modern iWorld is so plain & boring it’s nauseating. I go out at night in NYC & most men & women wear plain black clothes. Every city has McDonalds, WalMart, etc – all the same. Music is auto-tuned. The focus is all work, sales & productivity, at the expense of art/ aesthetic. Ppl are depressed & disillusioned bc of it. There will be an artistic revolution, inspired by more ornate periods. Hope to see more vids on steampunk

  20. More Dr. Grimm!

  21. Sadly, this video is far too short. :( Please sir, I want some more.

  22. that was a good movie imo

  23. I love the steampunk goggles/glasses! They look so fucking cool yet look like torture devices

  24. Think it’s funny that the Edison pod has the Tesla plate on it..

  25. Kinky…

  26. flippin love fallout but mostly reminds me of the Fable games

  27. Fucking love steampunk!!!

  28. This is my favorite genre. Always has been, always will be.

  29. It reminds more of Fallout than 9.

  30. thats a steampunk movie

  31. love it! ^_^ if you like this kind of thing you should check out the tumblr blog: lifesnotafable it’s full of this kind of stuff!

  32. This is so awesome!

  33. I…. I…. O__O woow … *go oxford*

  34. O.o Steampunk Darth Vader helmet