IF TODAY'S technology had been available in the 19th century, what would the world look like?
The answer will be on show at the Grafton Regional Gallery from Saturday when contemporary technology and Victorian styling collide in spectacular fashion at The Antipodean Steampunk Show.
Rapidly changing technology and increased consumption have ensured an endless process of upgrade, improvement and replacement. The Steampunk movement rails against this by using elaborate craftsmanship to transform mass-produced contemporary products into unique objects.
First introduced in literature in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi 'Cyberpunk' genre, Steampunk has evolved into a popular movement.
Its influence is found in film and fashion, as well as in the workshops of scores of hobbyists, tinkerers and professional artists.
Works on display at the exhibition will include jewellery, shoes, time machines and music players, all modified to reflect 19th century aesthetics.
"How exciting to have an exhibition of this fascinating movement here in the Clarence Valley," Mayor Ritchie Williamson said.
"Anyone vaguely interested in recycling and what can be achieved by reinventing should visit the gallery over summer while this exhibition is on."
The Antipodean Steampunk Show will run until February 1.
As well as Steampunk opening on Saturday, there are three other exhibitions officially opening at the gallery today.
- Margaret Hutchings and Fiona Salmon story book illustrations.
- Made in China touring exhibition.
- St Joseph's Maclean In Our Corner of the World opening the Studio Space.
All three open at 5.30pm today with an artists' talk from Fiona Salmon and Margaret Hutchings.
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