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Survival Research Laboratories, Fanuc Robot Arm, 1992, steel, aluminum, HD television, Fanuc RT3 robot, electronics, dimensions variable.

Survival Research Laboratories

Marlborough Contemporary | New York

Survival Research Laboratories, Fanuc Robot Arm, 1992, steel, aluminum, HD television, Fanuc RT3 robot, electronics, dimensions variable.

It was a brutally frigid Saturday afternoon in early January, but a few hundred people were nevertheless gathered on a blocked-off stretch of West Twenty-Fifth Street in New York’s Chelsea. They were huddled against the cold in front of Marlborough Contemporary’s story-high garage door like a class at recess ringing a pair of schoolyard combatants, their focus on a gaggle of jerry-rigged machines that had been let loose to brawl between the dirty curbside snowbanks. The contraptions—including a tall wheeled carriage with a swinging articulated arm that terminated in a grasping claw and a low-slung four-legged walker that moved with juddering unpredictability—were the unruly brainchildren of Mark Pauline, the founder and prime mover of the legendary San Francisco collective Survival Research Laboratories (SRL), and their clash was a special event for the opening of SRL’s

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