Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Swiss, b. 1952 and 1946–2012. The Way Things Go, 1987. Video. Image courtesy of the Artists.

The Way Things Go

June 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022

Media Arts Gallery

In a warehouse, artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss build a structure made from common household items. The film enlists an assortment of objects, including tires and chairs, as components in a domino-like chain reaction. Then, using fire, water, gravity, and chemistry, they create a self-destructing performance of precisely crafted chaos. 

The film’s humor lies in the deliberate misuse of these objects, as they are co-opted into performing roles outside their normal function, reminiscent of silent films. In the film, the actors are steaming kettles mounted on roller skates, rickety stepladders, buckets, bottles, and planks.