Fischli & Weiss. The Way Things Go

The Way Things Go is a 1987 art film by the Swiss artist duo PETER FISCHLI and DAVID WEISS. It documents a machine which is about 100 feet long, and incorporates everyday objects  such as tires, trash bags, ladders, soap, oil drums, and gasoline. Without narration or interviews , the film simply records the self-destructing performance of FISCHLI’s and WEISS’ most ambitious construction: 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos.

The artists aim neither to glorify nor to alienate these common objects, but merely to create new references in which they might be considered.

If you are not familiar with the work of Swiss artists PETER FISCHLI and DAVID WEISS, they collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. All of their work to date, whether in photography, film, drawing, or sculpture, has demonstrated a deep interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects.

The whole thing is 30 minutes , so if you are interested you can get the DVD, for sure it’s good!

psss. It reminds the brand new video for OK Go, “This Too Shall Pass”.

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