Monthly Archives: September 2014

Event announcement: Clocking Off Late – A Georgian themed evening featuring The Tinku Diaries

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It is a great pleasure to be able to reveal that Steampunk India shall be part of another Longitude Punk’d event!
On Thursday the 13th of November, as part of the ongoing Longitude season, The National Maritime Museum at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich will present a Georgian era themed evening.
Here one can delve into the re-imagined world of Georgian London. Activities include life-size Georgian parlour games; imbibing Georgian gin and tonic, and a wig-designing workshop.
Among other presentations, appearances and music the museum will host:

Clocking Off Late – The Tinku Diaries in the Trade Gallery of the building, among the East India Company exhibit.

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“When British society was promised something new, they looked to an Indian visionary for help. Chan Ranbir, a Kinetic Engineer at the Calcutta University, had dreams of creating a Clockwork World, which he subsequently shared through Board of Trade, and the East India Company. The pursuit of this dream undermined his very own family values, and eventually led to a catastrophic breakdown of civil order around the world.
The Tinku Diaries is an interactive piece taken from Clockwork Watch: The Transmedia Experience, created and directed by Yomi Ayeni.*
This is a chance to get a firsthand account of the Clockwork Watch world from Tinku Ranbir, mother to the ever-questioning Janav, and wife to the stoic Chan.”

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Ticket sales for the event are live now and available through the museum website:

http://www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/events/clocking-off-late

And keep an eye out on twitter for the hashtag #whereonearth!

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* For the full backstory, go to http://www.clockworkwatch.com or read the comics: The Arrival, Breakaway and Tick Tock IPA, a collaboration between Yomi Ayeni, Corey Brotherson and Jennie Gyllblad – Artist and Designer.

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Steampunk India Website Update

The official website http://www.steampunkindia.com has been spit-polished, buffed up and autumn-spruced.
It is relaunched and ready for perusal

The photo gallery has new images, a news page has been added, as well as a direct link to this blog.

Part of the news page is the book announcement for the Steampunk User Manual, to which Steampunk India has contributed.

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Enjoy the site and a happy turning of the seasons to you all….

(The featured image for this post is of an 11th Century Chandella carving, a rare depiction of a woman writing)

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Diversity in Steampunk – Exclusion from Inclusion

Update: In documenting the journey of merging East and West more equally within Steampunk, the below post will remain visible. It needs to be clarified however that as far as the interviewees are concerned, the situation has been resolved to satisfaction and all Steampunk ties are intact.

The beauty of Steampunk, among other things, is that everyone is dedicated to civilised communication; the frankness and support of those involved have been a perfect example of this.

Original Post (04/09/2014)

Steampunk India’s letter to the Independent on Sunday regarding the New Review Steampunk feature from the 31st of August:

The great irony. To be asked by the Independent on Sunday for an interview on MultiCulturalism in Steampunk at the Steampunk Summer Fete Event in Greenwich.
And a white lady pretty much pushed in and said to the journalist ‘do you want to interview us both together?’ (I must say that she was also set to be interviewed on her own subject within Steampunk).

To see the article finally come out, and I am not in it all (not whining here, editorial decisions have to be made), and to see a huge picture of the white lady, with *her* quote about multiculturalism and inclusion in Steampunk, but not my perspective, is a massive dose of ‘Same Old, Same Old.’

I am aware this sounds like sour grapes, but that is really not what I’m saying.

It’s not just the fashion that has been transported through time; to hear a white person make my point must feel how a black performer felt watching The Black and White Minstrels.

I’m sure its all a massive coincidence. Culture is built from an avalanche of coincidences.

Best Regards,
Suna Dasi
Steampunk India

P.S. The event organiser, Yomi Ayeni, was also wholly absent from the article: strange in itself. Total coincidence he was the only black person.

Below: Writer Suna Dasi at the Greenwich Steampunk Summer Fete, acting the part of Tinku Ranbir as portrayed in The Clockwork Watch. Artwork by Jennie Gyllblad. Photo by Ziggy Gaji. (www.clockworkwatch.com)

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