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<nettime-ann> [event] atc {AT} ucb: mark pauline, feb 1, 7:30pm


The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
of UC Berkeley's Center for New Media Presents:

Exploiting the Momentum of Self Righteousness
  Mark Pauline, Artist, Survival Research Labs, SF

Wednesday, Feb 1, 7:30-9pm: UC Berkeley, 160 Kroeber Hall
All ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.

Survival Research Laboratories was conceived of and founded by Mark
Pauline in November 1978. Since then, SRL has operated as an
organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the
techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military
away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product, and
warfare. Since 1979, SRL has staged over 45 mechanized
presentations. Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized
interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices,
employed in developing themes of socio-political satire. Humans are
present only as audience or operators.

Pauline will present an overview of recent SRL shenanigans using video
and images, plus a few choice outrages from the past.  He will focus
on the peculiar  motivational mechanics which underlie and sustain the
impractical activities of SRL. Depending on your perspective,
Pauline's talk will be a stark warning of the pitfalls facing anyone
daring to attempt the genuinely original, or a celebration of the
thrills in store for those who actually get away with it.


Mark Pauline was born in 1953 in Sarasota, Florida. As a boy he
experimented with explosives and gun powder, and later began fixing
and selling old motorcycles. Soon he began collecting abandoned
machinery, technical equipment, and chemicals, in order to manipulate
them to reflect concepts and ideas which resulted in the first of his

Performances: Originated and developed the concept of large scale
machine performance beginning in 1978 with the founding of Survival
Research Laboratories. Staged  over 55 machine  performances  in the
US, Europe, and Japan as director of SRL. The most recent  performance
was staged in Los Angeles on January 21, 2006.  Constructed and
designed dozens of large, complex robots and machines  for use in
these performances.  Have trained and supervised the efforts of over
400 assistants in the art of machine performance.

Teaching / Lectures, Panels :  Over 180 lectures, panel discussions,
and seminars at locations such as: Oxford Univ, Yale, Commonwealth
Club of SF,  Stanford, Interval Research Corp., MIT, Rutgers, UCLA,
Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Los Alamos Laboratories, SCIARC, and at
numerous locations throughout  Europe, Japan,  and Australia. Visiting
professor, 1989 spring semester, Art Institute.

Television Appearances: Over 150 TV spots in the US, Europe,
Australia, and Japan, ranging from interviews and video documentation
specials to anonymous reports of mechanized pranksterism.

Publications: Over 450 articles and interviews both in print and
on-line, in such publications as, Wired Magazine, NY Times,  21 C.,
Grand St.  Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, South
Atlantic Quarterly, Parkett, Art in America, ID Magazine, Art Forum,
SF Chronicle, SF Examiner, Vogue, etc. Also featured in numerous
books, including Mark Dery's "Escape Velocity" and Kevin Kelly's "Out
of Control".


ATC Primary Sponsors: UC Berkeley Center for New Media (CNM) and
Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

Additional ATC Sponsors: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and
Provost, College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Program,
Consortium for the Arts, Intel Research, BAM/PFA, and the Townsend
Center for the Humanities.

ATC Director: Ken Goldberg
ATC Associate Director: Greg Niemeyer 
ATC Assistant: Irene Chien
Curated with ATC Advisory Board

For updated information, please see: http://atc.berkeley.edu/

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