Mark Pauline presents a video of a SRL show in San Francisco entitled A Calculated Forecast of Ultimate Doom (1984). Filmed and edited by Leslie Gladsj?, the video depicts scenes from the Apocalypse. The show begins with an effigy of Jesus riding into the arena on a rocket propelled go-cart. There is a large machine with a canon that acts as a flamethrower and other various machines that attack each other as well as the other props in the show. The cast of props includes a giant flying saucer with a flaming eyeball at its center, a giant clown face, and a life-size depiction of The Last Supper that is eventually set aflame. The show concludes with the total destruction and graceful collapse of all the machines.
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Mark Pauline explains the process of putting on an SRL show using the example of their 1984 Calculated Forecast of Ultimate Doom show in San Francisco, as well as a performance for the groundbreaking of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. SRL is a volunteer organization that focuses on attracting highly skilled people to help produce its shows, and does not exploit their work for profit. Pauline does not operate any of the machines, but instead acts as a coordinator at the shows that host audiences of up to 4,000. The goal in these performances is to create a fantasy world for the machines, rather than to please the audience. Pauline also describes SRL’s often contentious relationship with local government and safety officials.