San Francisco-based SURVIVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES was conceived and founded by Mark Pauline in November, 1978. Since its inception SRL has operated as a volunteer organization of creative technicians dedicated to redirecting the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry and science away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare. Since 1979 SRL has staged over 42 mechanized presentations in the United States and Europe . Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between employed in developing machines, robots, and special effects devices themes of sociopolitical satire. Humans are present only as audience or operators .
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