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Is Phoenix Burning?
Life can be nasty, brutish, and short. Mark Pauline's art makes the most of this. As head grease monkey of Survival Research Laboratories, Pauline orchestrates spectacularly savage machine performances in which robots built from industrial scrap and other dubiously acquired components wallop the crap out of anything that gets in their way. In July's Wired, Bruce Sterling treks down to Phoenix and catches the beasts in action.
Bruce Sterling on Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories:
"Still, I have no regrets. Covering SRL for Wired was a dream gig. I don't do a lot of art critique in what passes for my normal routine. Furthermore, I invited a guest to the show, Phoenix's own Gail Thackeray, "Ms. Operation Sundevil." It surely would have warmed the hearts of all the hackers and phone phreaks she's busted to see the legendary computer-crime doyenne lurking backstage in her deck shoes, chatting suavely with those leather-clad tattooed art punks. The Joan of Arc of Computer Crimes gamely dodging hot flurries of welder's sparks, risking instant heart seizure from the giant homemade Tesla coil.... And y'know, Gail had a pretty good time at what she insisted on calling 'that concert.' Mark and his friends sure can break the tedium."
Image: Norman Mauskopf
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Cyber Rights for Children
Redmond's Ray Tracers
To Surf and Protect
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