Thursday, 25 August 2011

"Here in this machinery I have gone beyond that"

A scrapbook of images, sounds and moving pictures from the steampunk exhibition at Kew Bridge Steam Museum. I didn't expect the Tesla coil demonstration to be so Frankenstein and traumatizing. The noise! Aural shock treatment, a frequency to rattle bones and shake terror into yr marrow. The scale might be hard to gauge from the video, so let me assure you: it was at least 5ft tall.

As if all the gigantic steam-powered machinery (most of which was too big to capture in full through a lense) hadn't already reminded us how puny the human form can be next to the behemoths we create.

Mini, less panic-inducing Tesla coils. 

Tea dueling kit.


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