Who wouldn't want to see machines destroy other machines? Long before Battle Bots, Terminator and the Matrix series, Mark Pauline and his collective of avant guarde engineers have been staging demolition derbies featuring custom built mechanical monsters. They spit fire, explode, squash metal, whack off parts and grind each other up - within feet of onlookers packed into a parking lot or highway underpass. The aim is to create danger and provoke the audience out of its passivity. This compendium of four past performances is the best of their influential grunge theater and robotic art.
Survival Research Laboratories: 10 Years of Robotic Mayhem
Directed by Jonathan Reiss
2004, 60 min
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