Ted Stevens, meet Jeremy Deller. The Turner Prize-winning British artist has a wonderfully impractical new piece called the Steam-Powered Internet Machine. While there's no tubes, it does feature a Mac laptop run by a Nemo-esque steam contraption. Deller, who created the piece with longtime collaborator Alan Kane, wanted to connect the steam age and the digital age--which are "not so far apart"--while also "inverting economics" by creating a wildly uneconomical power source for a portable computer. (British readers can see the piece in action this weekend.)
Deller's previous work includes his Turner-winning 2004 piece The History of the World 1997–2004; a re-enactment of a famous British miners' strike, The Battle of Orgreave; and his co-curation of Folk Archive.