Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Graduate Lecture Series

Mark Pauline
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
In Trick Others into Accepting Your Sick Schemes as an Exciting Source for Personal Success and Acceptance, Mark Pauline will discuss his role as the Founder and Director of Survival Research Laboratories (SRL)—an organization dedicated to redirecting the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product, or warfare. Along with his team of creative technicians at SRL, Pauline has staged over 65 mechanized presentations in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices, employed to develop themes of sociopolitical satire. 

Artist Bio
With the founding of Survival Research Laboratories in 1979, Mark Pauline, an alumnus of SFAI, pioneered the concept of large-scale machine performance as an artistic medium and conceptual practice. Over the course of his career, he has designed and fabricated dozens of large, complex robots, machines, and special effect devices for use in these performances, and he has trained over 400 assistants in the art of machine performance.


About the Graduate Lecture Series
SFAI's Graduate Lecture Series (GLS) allows students to engage with emerging and established artists, curators, critics, and historians working in both local and global art communities. As an investigation of the contemporary issues relevant to students’ full education and experience, GLS gives the entire graduate body a common interdisciplinary foundation. It also plays a crucial role in defining individual praxis and the meanings of “success” within the current and future landscape of contemporary art. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with some of the guests for individual critiques, small group colloquia, and informal gatherings after the lectures.

All GLS lectures begin at 4:30 pm on Fridays in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit