Special News Bulletin: PBS Goes Steampunk

Yes, Steampunk is turning from a subculture phenomenon and a phenomenal subculture into somehing that is more and more recognized by the public at large. Even better, the perception is overwhelmingly positive.

So it is little wonder that major-league media players like PBS have turned their attention to Steampunk, look a this video (uploaded today on the PBS Youtube channel, so it is brand new and fresh):

Yes, another very positive view on various artistic aspects within our subculture. I am excited and delighted at the same time.

There is more to it: PBS has something big planned and Steampunk is only one facet of the whole mosaic, to be more exact, “OFF BOOK” (as it said in the title of the video) will be a complete interactive art series. This is an excerpt of the corresponding press release:


PBSArts.org original series premieres July 20, showcasing innovative artists working in experimental media
ARLINGTON, Va.; July 18, 2011 – PBS announced today the premiere of “Off Book,” a new web series focused on experimental and non-traditional art forms on PBSArts.org that begins July 20.   This 13-part, bi-weekly series explores the ever-changing definition of art in the hands of the next generation of artists taking creative reigns and melding art with new media.
“Off Book” and the PBSArts.org site is part of PBS’s commitment to invite Americans to experience and engage in the diverse world of the arts.   “Off Book” will be joined in that effort this October by the PBS Arts Fall Festival – a broadcast and online event anchored by nine films that highlight artists and performances from around the country and explore the worlds of music, theater, dance, opera, and cultural history.

The complete press release is rather lengthy and detailed, please find it on the PBS site. It sounds like a really fascinating series. It is a real shame I cannot receive PBS here in Europe, but I hope it will eventually be available on DVD…

Anyway, if any of my dear readers could provide me with a synopsis of the Steampunk episode, it would be highly appreciated.