The Way Things Go (1987)




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Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David 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. Fischli and Weiss 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. THE WAY THINGS GO - without narration or interviews - simply records the self-destructing performance of Fischli's and Weiss' most ambitious construction: 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock.

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Critic Reviews for The Way Things Go

All Critics (2)

A short flick in color about a Rube Goldberg contraption ingeniously brought to life in a warehouse.

May 22, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

You really can't get much more perfect than this, at least in terms of executing a planned showcase of reality in the laws-of-physics sense. I only wish it was longer.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Way Things Go


this rube goldberg madness is heavy on chemistry and pyro. the grainy bubble/fizz close-ups were nice.

steve c
steve c

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Ooooo. Ahhhh. Wowww. Hurrah to the two amazing eggheads who built this, and boo to the Honda ripoff. .

Lesley N
Lesley N

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