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Fischli and Weiss - The Way Things Go

Artist/Author: Jeremy Millar

Publication details

  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Reference No: P2882
  • Date Logged: 09.03.2016

Publication reference

  • ISBN: 978-1846380358
  • Publisher: Afterall
  • Type: Publication

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09 March 2016


Documenta, slapstick, chaos, Switzerland, criticism, Rube Goldberg machine, video art, object

The Way Things Go (Der Lauf der Dinge) is a thirty-minute film by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss featuring a series of chain reactions involving ordinary objects. It is also one of the truly amazing works of art produced in the late twentieth century. Millar tells us why this extraordinary film speaks to us at the beginning of the twenty-first century.