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The Way Things Go
A Film by Peter Fischli & David Weiss
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Fully restored in a new dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) combo pack!

Inside a warehouse, Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) built an enormous, precarious structure 100 feet long made out of common household items: tea kettles, tires, old shoes, balloons, wooden ramps, etc. Then, with fire, water, gravity and chemistry, they created a spectacular chain reaction, a self-destructing performance of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock.

Fischli and Weiss have 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. They remove these things that surround us from their contexts in our daily lives, and then restructure their relationships to one another. The artists aim neither to glorify nor to alienate these common objects, but merely to create new references in which they might be considered.

Called "the merry pranksters of contemporary art" (The New York Times), Fischli and Weiss collaborated for 33 years, drawing worldwide notoriety and praise for taking on big questions with humble materials and a tongue-in-cheek manner. THE WAY THINGS GO, newly restored and now on Blu-ray for the first time, remains their most acclaimed and beloved work.

"Among the most admired artworks of the late 20th century—enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, emulated by TV ads, music videos and made-for-YouTube movies—and one of the headiest."J. Hoberman, The New York Times

"Glorious, inspired and demented!"—Paper Magazine

"'Ingeniously choreographed... a Duchampian extravaganza!"—The New York Times

"A Rube Goldberg drawing come to life. How did they do it?"—Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating. Comparable to no other film ever made."—Riverfront Times

"Dazzling, amazing. Downright hypnotic!"—Time Out New York

"Inventive, amusing... this fantastic novelty work is a triumph."The Plain Dealer

Gold Apple, 1990 National Educational Film & Video Festival
1989 San Francisco Film Festival
1988 Berlin Film Festival
1988 Sydney Film Festival
1988 Hong Kong Film Festival

30 minutes / color
Release: 1988
Copyright: 1987
UPC: 8-54565-00159-6
DVD Sale: $26.98

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Subject areas:
Art, Business, Cinema Studies, Energy, Experimental, Physics, Science/Technology

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Related Titles:
Two Films by Peter Fischli and David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance
The Right Way

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