28 July 2015
Announcement – Entertainment – TV
Reported by Jim Lantern
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Now living in Reno, Nevada, I get a different cable TV service, which includes the Game Show Network (GSN). While getting caught up on my favorite TV game show – Family Feud, I’ve seen commercials for the following new series. Looks good. “Steampunk” described in a commercial as being like “Mad Max and Queen Victoria having a love child.” The name of the new series is…
GSN – Game Show Network
New SKILL-BASED DESIGN COMPETITION Series.
Hosted by JEANNIE MAI
New series takes viewers inside the “Retro-Futuristic Aesthetic” and seeks to find the most inventive Steampunk Designer in America.
The eight-episode series, which seeks to discover the most talented and versatile Steampunk designer in America, will debut on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET on GSN.
Inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion, to technology, to pop culture. In “STEAMPUNK’D” the contestants work in teams and compete in a series of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their unique abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into creative masterpieces. Each week one of the 10 “Makers” will be eliminated and the last one standing will take home the $100,000 grand prize.
Also, give the following a look…
Steampunk – Wikipedia – Excerpts…
Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. It may, therefore, be described as neo-Victorian.
Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk’s first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
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