Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Emergence of Spanish Steampunk


Following international (aka, non-English speaking) Steampunk movements is very intriguing, especially seeing how this Anglo-centric genre is interpreted in other locations.  Over the years, as documented on the "International Steampunk" section of the Steampunk Links, there has been numerous Spanish Steampunk groups, which have sadly fallen to the way side.  However, I was recently contacted by Sir Jack & Lady Elisabeth regarding an emergent Steampunk light on the Iberian peninsula.  The Golden Gear had emerged during the past few months has one of the most traveled locations in Spanish Steampunk.


A leisurely daytime stroll at the Retiro

In addition to online interaction, a group of Steampunk indulged in a day out, La Quedada Madridlena, at the end of May, in the beautiful El Retiro park.  Though there are plenty of intriguing locations which are Steampunk-esque in the new continent, having the opportunity to wander in appropriate attire (at least before the summer heat arrives) in a classic park does provide plenty of photographic opportunities... and the opporutnity was certainly taken advantage of during the outing!  (I have appended  a few photographs, but an expanded spread of images can be located at the Golden Gear's article on the trip.)



Surprised during the outing (What are they seeing?)

If one cares to learn more about the very impressive Golden Gear, their most recent outing in the city, or simply take a moment to look around,  please do indulge on a trip to their website, The Golden Gear, and see Steampunk through a new lens, at: http://thegoldengear.foroactivo.net/



Running since 2008, the Steampunk SP (Spain) board has been a steadfast source of information for regarding Steampunk in Spain and other Spanish speaking locations.  There is quite a treasure trove of information in the plethora of threads, so feel free to pull at them, by visiting: http://steampunksp.4rumer.net/



As in the United States, conventions are a major endeavor - and the Convention Steampunk y Retrofuturistica 2011 (Steampunk and Retro-futuristic Convention of 2011) is the place to be this year!  Taking place this upcoming November, this event, which has been running since 2009, looks to be an outstanding opportunity engage in Steampunk in beautiful Barcelona.  Alas, it is a bit of a trip for me, but if one considers attending, please do take the opportunity to visit their main website and their blog, which are being updated as this as written, at:
Event Website (with a nice video as well!): http://www.convencionsteampunk.com/
Event Blog:  http://consteampunk20011.blogspot.com/




One of the earliest endeavors documenting Castillian Steampunk, Alrededor del Mundo (Around the World) has fallen victim of blog-fading, it appears.  Its author, in the March 14, 2011 entry, documents how the ever pesky RL (real life) encroached on Steampunk blogging, and efforts to attempt to reconnect via a second blog (Full Steam Ahead).  To take a trip to an eariler day in Spanish Steampunk (back to December of 2007 - virtually ancient in current Steampunk terms), do consider a trip to Alrededor del Mundo, at:
http://alrededordelmundo.wordpress.com/
http://vaporvivo.wordpress.com/

4 comments:

Carlos said...

Thank you very much for posting it!!

Greetings from Spain!

Sir Jack and Lady Elizabeth Winchester

Dorian Dupin said...

Also I'd Like to add that in our Mexican board we had recieved much support early from both Spanish communities and specially now from Steampunk (SP) Spain, thanks to Mr. Roselló and his inteligent daughter Elizabeth Roselló.

Dorian Dupin said...

I would like to add, that in the Mexican board, we had early received great support from both Spanish fellows, and now specially from Steampunk (SP) Spain, so we would like to thank Mr Burt, aka Salvador Roselló, Lady Elizabeth and Mr Transmetropolitan.

Dorian Dupin said...

I would like to add, that in the Mexican board, we had early received great support from both Spanish fellows, and now specially from Steampunk (SP) Spain, so we would like to thank Mr Burt, aka Salvador Roselló, Lady Elizabeth and Mr Transmetropolitan.