Fischli and Weiss

 

The Way Things Go (1987)

This film which lasts for around 30 minutes is an assemblage of everyday objects which resembles the Rube Goldberg Machine, an over-engineered contraption made to perform a simple task through a very complex system. The work ‘The Way Things Go’ created by Fischli and Weiss have them using a list of everyday materials like tires, trash bags, ladders, soap, oil drums, old shoes, water and gasoline creating this domino sequence of events which creates a very immersive performance. The work “brings about a story concerning cause and effect, mechanism and art, improbability and precision. (www.Tate.org.uk)” Although made in separate parts and edited to look like one take this film tests the way we interact with the everyday making us consider complex ideas through are own everyday activity.

http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/fischli-and-weiss-way-things-go-excerpt

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