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About Making Things Go / Sketch / The Way Things Go
This box set collects Fischli and Weiss's 1987 film The Way Things Go, often described as the artists' masterpiece, along with two related films: Making Things Go, a documentary revealing the laborious process of creating the seminal work's ...Read More
This box set collects Fischli and Weiss's 1987 film The Way Things Go, often described as the artists' masterpiece, along with two related films: Making Things Go, a documentary revealing the laborious process of creating the seminal work's entropic effects, and the short film Sketch, in which the pair tested several of its key sequences.Read Less
About the Artist
About Peter Fischli and David Weiss
The Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss began collaborating in 1979, creating films, photographs, sculptures, and installations that draw on the aesthetics of slapstick ...Read More
The Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss began collaborating in 1979, creating films, photographs, sculptures, and installations that draw on the aesthetics of slapstick by comedically arranging everyday materials into absurd scenarios. For their first collaborative project, the Sausage Photographs, the pair constructed and photographed playful tableaux—including a car crash and a fashion show—featuring various kinds of sausage as the central figures. Similarly, for the 1984—85 series Equilibrium, the artists photographed furniture, bottles, clothing, and other miscellaneous objects in precarious arrangements in their studio, resulting in illogical, gravity-defying compositions.
Equilibrium served as the inspiration for what is perhaps their best-known work: the 1987 film The Way Things Go, which premiered at Documenta 8 in 1987. For the half-hour-long film, Fischli and Weiss assembled a Rube Goldberg machine in an empty warehouse, creating a sequence of chain reactions from ordinary objects assembled into elaborate configurations. While their projects have taken various forms, an interest in the inherent humor of the everyday has remained constant throughout their career.
Among the most critically acclaimed artists currently working in Europe, Fischli and Weiss have been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including a major retrospective, Flowers and Questions: A Retrospective, that opened at Tate Modern in 2006. They represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 1995, and were included such Biennale exhibitions as Utopia Station in 2003 (curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Molly Nesbit, and Rirkrit Tiravanija) and ILLUMINations in 2011, curated by Bice Curiger. In 2003, the pair won the Biennale's prestigious Golden Lion award for their installation Questions, a slideshow depicting hundreds of handwritten questions, ranging from the mundane to the existential.
Description3 DVDs in an embossed cardboard box.
DimensionsMaking Things Go plays for 71 min 27 sec. Sketch plays for 1 min 52 sec. The Way Things Go plays for 29 min 57 sec.
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