Survival Research Lab's A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief from 1988. Directed by J. Reiss.
The film was, not surprisingly, directed by J. Reiss, a film producer, director and teacher. Amongst many other projects, he has directed music videos for Nine Inch Nails’ (“Happiness in Slavery”), The Black Crowes, Danzig, Slayer and the Kottonmouth Kings. In 2007, he released his documentary, 'Bomb It', a documentary on grafitti and the perception of public space, featuring artists including Taki 183, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos and Revok.
Survival Research Laboratories was conceived of and founded by Mark Pauline in November 1978. Since its inception 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 or warfare. Since 1979, SRL has staged over 45 mechanized presentations in the United States and Europe. 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.