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Survival Research Laboratories
« on: 12 February, 2021, 09:20:00 am »
SRL is a group of San Francisco-based performance artists using outrageous, frankly dangerous, machines and other ideas. Right up YACF's street.

Perhaps the most dramatic is the V1, which is exactly what you think it is:

While the most dangerous is something that sounds as if it's been adapted from baseball. Or even cricket. The pitching machine, which looks like this:

And does this:

A successful test of the Pitching machine was recently conducted in the SRL yard. The target was a .125 inch thick (one eight inch or 3.18 mm) steel plate 9 by 12 feet wide. 2 by 4 boards 6 ft in length were used. 10 ft boards were also fired, as were groups of 2 foot boards. Complete penetration of the plate occurred at board speeds of 110 mph in 6 foot boards. Boards also exhibited a tendency to explode into splinters above 100 mph. Accuracy and repeatability was excellent. Testing of the autoloader mechanism, (capable of firing two 6 foot boards a second), and the remote control systems (both radio and internet), will occur soon.

One of their shows:

Riding a bike through a city is like navigating the collective neural pathways of a vast global mind.