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After 4 years of wrangling footage from 19 cameras, Steve Bage’s documentary of the SRL XFF show in LA from Dec 2012 was screened privately for SRL crew at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County on April 21 2017. A public premiere followed at the Roxie Theater in SF in July 15 2017 along with a popup SRL show featuring the Spine Robot menacing some moving props on Mark Pauline’s flatbed truck outside the theater and then again later on at the Secret Alley after party.

Submissions to film festivals and further screenings are pending.

Pictures from Karen Marcelo, Marla Aufmuth, and Eddie Codel here

Here is the trailer to the movie edited by Steve Bage:

Q+A at the Roxie with Mark Pauline and Steve Bage:

Aerial shot of Spine Robot shenanigans from Eddie Codel outside the Secret Alley after-party

Video snippets of shenanigans by Karen Marcelo:


Budding Prospects Film Shoot

Oct 12 2016 last week, SRL played themselves for the filming of a pilot for the new Terry Zwigoff TV series Budding Prospects based on TC Boyle’s novel for Amazon. Shooting was at the Boxshop featuring the Inchworm, Sneaky Soldier, Jaws, Motoman Flamethrower, Meat Head, Pulse Jet. Mark Pauline played the role of the arresting SFPD officer in the scene.


More info, images, video snippets on the archive page here


Video edited by Steve Bage shot April 24 2016 at a SRL film shoot on Burke Ave. More info on the gallery opening at Minnesota Street Project curated by Capital Gallery and the shoot as well as more images, video clips, and machine/crew info can be found here


SRL Film Shoot

For those that attended last Sunday’s film shoot, SRL would like to put more of these events on in the city which costs money. If you enjoyed it and/or want to see more please consider donating to Mark Pauline via Paypal .

Stay tuned to the archive page for more media as they roll in. If you would like to contribute to the archives (video, sound, images) please contact Karen Marcelo

Image from David Petchey


SRL Film Shoot Sunday Night

SRL will be filming Sunday night in San Francisco. Volunteers welcome to play the role of an audience. Those interested should show up Sunday night at 7:30pm on Burke Ave off of 3rd in San Francisco. Please dress in SRL audience attire (ie. ear protection, warm clothes). Note: Limited space available – once we get the required number of volunteer audience, late comers wont be able to be accomodated.


SRL at Minnesota Street Project

Photo from Karen Marcelo

CAPITAL is pleased to announce BLACK STANDARD
An exhibition that brings together work by Davina Semo,
Phil Wagner, and Survival Research Laboratories.

CAPITAL at Minnesota Street Project, April 8 – April 24
Opening reception Friday, April 8, 2016 6-9PM

Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

CAPITAL at Minnesota Street Project open Tuesday – Saturday 11-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm

Images from prep and the gallery opening here


Location Wanted

We are looking for locations suitable for a large scale SRL performance in the SF Bay Area. We are offering a fee to anyone who can do the following three things to facilitate this:

(1) Find a suitable location near or in San Francisco. Please use the SRL show setup guidelines for this.
(2) Obtain full permission from whoever controls, AND whoever owns the property, for an SRL show.
(3) Secure permits from the local Fire Dept and the Police Dept.
$2000 cash will be paid to anyone who can do these three things successfully.

Please contact Mark Pauline at (markp [at] srl [dot] org) AFTER you have completed #1 & #2.
There is an abundance of information on the SRL website you may use to facilitate (1) and (2). For video reference see the SRL YouTube channel : Genuine Survival Research Labs.
If you reach objective (3), Mark will provide you with materials for the Fire and Police department permitting.

Timeframe is this fall 2015/spring 2016.

Mark Pauline, Director SRL


HST at the old SRL Shop

David Pescovitz posts about The Crazy Never Die HST documentary from the 80s on BoingBoing. The animated GIF he created at the bottom is HST at the old SRL shop. Mark recalls “This happened in 1987 around the Delusions show. I just remember that he was really stoned, and we basically tried to keep him from injuring himself or anyone else at the shop.”



New 5-axis CNC

SRL just acquired a new 5-axis CNC machine – let’s see what new robots come out of SRL HQ next!

The old 4 axis is for sale – details here.


The Offspring are for sale!

Now for sale on ebay: Buy your own SRL machine! One of the Offspring props from the Computer History Museum Show up on the auction block. Support SRL!! See: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/391205669864?ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123