A Complete Mastery of Sinister Forces, Amsterdam 2007. Pulsejet spins a large rotating image prop. Photograph by Jessica Hobbs. Courtesy of Mark Pauline.
Excerpt / Mark Pauline, founder of the Bay Area’s legendary Survival Research Laboratories (SRL), houses his impressive personal archive, robotics workshop, and business in a garage in a non-descript industrial section of Petaluma. Hulking CNC machines, boxes of tools and equipment, and half-built machines populate this former auto detailing shop. The large parking lot out front allows him to test and maneuver his epic machines (sometimes to the chagrin of his neighbors). For decades, Pauline has dedicated his career to building dangerous, elaborate robots for his performances. A commentary on the military industrial complex—the development of which is a determining force in the Bay Area’s own history—as much as a dystopian vision for a post- apocalyptic future, SRL’s acclaimed shows push experiential and technological boundaries.
— “De-Manufactured Machines: A Profile of Survival Research Laboratories” LXAQ, Fall 2016