'the way things go' by peter fischli and david weiss 'the way things go' by peter fischli and david weiss
nov 25, 2007

'the way things go' by peter fischli and david weiss

‘the way things go’ by peter fischli and david weiss

in case you have not seen ‘the way things go’, the film by swiss artists peter fischli and david weiss, the institute of modern art in brisbane, australia will have it on show until december 1, 2007. however if you can’t make it to the show, you can purchase a copy for yourself. the video, made in 1987 and celebrating its 20th anniversary, captures a chain reaction set up by the artists in a large warehouse. in the spirit of rube goldberg, the device is set into motion, showcasing the laws of chemistry and physics with each action and reaction. this captivating film may have also been the inspiration for the infamous ‘honda cog ad’.

‘the way things go’ by peter fischli and david weiss

‘the way things go’ by peter fischli and david weiss

a short snippet from ‘the way things go’

the honda cog advertisement

via artkrush

  • Original movie by Fischli & Weiss (Der Laufe der Dinge/The Way Things Go, 1987) last about an hour and is quite fascinating!

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