Between April 2014 and January 2015, Royal Observatory Greenwich was taken over by steampunk artists inspired by the 18th-century race for longitude.
Longitude Punk'd exhibition at the Royal Observatory
In parallel to our Ships, Clocks & Stars: the Quest for Longitude exhibition, the Royal Observatory Greenwich was taken over by nine steampunk artists from April 2014 to January 2015. Madcap inventors, stargazing scientists and elegant explorers took visitors on an adventure into a world where scientific convention and the laws of nature had been re-written. Their fabulous narrative lavishly reinterpreted the science and drama of the 18th-century quest to find longitude at sea, inspired by the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act.
Amazing inventions but steampunk luminaries
This exclusive exhibition of eccentric inventions was specially created by steampunk luminaries including award-winning novelist Robert Rankin – exuberantly blurring the boundaries between art and science, fact and fiction. Longitude Punk'd was something completely unique, never tried before and in the last place you would expect to see it.
Longitude Punk’d was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.