Artist Mark Pauline discusses his work with Survival Research Laboratories and shows videos made of shows in San Francisco and Austria. SRL works secretly in preparing for shows in order to reduce the probability of being stopped by local authorities, including using carefully crafted contracts that allow them to sue local governments and venue operators for preventing a show from taking place. Pauline founded SRL along with Matt Heckert and Eric Warner who both eventually left the group to work on their own projects. SRL operates as a network cooperating with artists such as Christian Rizzo, Chip Flynn, and Chico McMurtry. The SRL network stages large theatrical performances that feature machines as the characters.
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Mark Pauline presents and discusses the work he produces with Survival Research Laboratories. Pauline begins by showing the short film A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief featuring dead animals interacting with large machines. Pauline talks about the difficulties of getting funding and dealing with the media and Hollywood. He characterizes what drives his work as a desire to subvert the power of large institutions to stifle creativity and diversity.