The Verge has an excellent article (including the interview about along with more text and images) on Survival Research Lab’s Mark Pauline.
The operatic scale and pyrotechnic intensity invites comparisons to Dante, Bosch, Cronenberg, Grand Guignol, Gotterdammerung, and Mad Max. “It’s as if several junkyards’ worth of our refuse had risen up to let out an immense collective scream,” wrote The Boston Globe’s Leighton Klein. With titles such as “An Explosion of Ungovernable Rage” and “Ghostly Scenes of Infernal Desecration” and “Further Explorations in Lethal Experimentation” and “A Calculated Forecast of Ultimate Doom: Sickening Episodes of Widespread Devastation Accompanied by Sensations of Pleasurable Excitement,” the shows — over 50 thus far, from San Francisco to Copenhagen to Tokyo — don’t so much confront audiences as assault them. The machines deliver a message: despite your safety, there are indeed things in this world that can kill you.