Fischli & Weiss: The Way Things Go
17 Feb 2014 - 01 Sep 2014
The NGC presents The Way Things Go (1987). Drawing crowds wherever it has been exhibited, the highly acclaimed 30-minute recording of a spectacular chain reaction of household and industrial objects was created by the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and the late David Weiss. Presented as part of How Things Go (1985–87), a video installation acquired by the Gallery in 2009, The Way Things Go is featured with two lesser-known films by the artists. These recount the often outlandish and improbable sequences of mechanical, chemical and material reactions Fischli & Weiss presented in their classic 1987 production.
Peter; Weiss Fischli
The Way Things Go, 1987
16 mm film transferred to digital video disk (DVD), 29:57 minutes,
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery