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Chapter 2. Robot Evolution > Robotic Performance Art

Robotic Performance Art

No one can deny that technological and scientific innovation accelerates during wartime. Human conflict and the desire to kill people and take their stuff is, most unfortunately, a prime accelerator of machine evolution.

The apparent inextricable link between human conflict and advanced killing machines has always fascinated San Francisco artist Mark Pauline. In 1979, he created an art collective called Survival Research Labs (www.srl.org) and began staging bizarre underground events in which scavenged military-industrial junk was reanimated as actors in a symphony of wanton bot-on-bot destruction. Pauline once described his mechanical performances as a cross between a demolition derby, a modern battlefield, and a three-ring circus.


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