Friday 18 December 2015

Der Lauf der Dinge: The Way Things Go by Peter Fischli and David Weiss

The final Fine Art screening of 2015 went with a big bang - a welcome showing of the 1987 art film, Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go), by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss.

"Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues.

Fire, water, law of gravity as well as chemistry determine the life-cycle of objects - of things. It brings about a story concerning cause and effect, mechanism and art, improbability and precision."

I have watched it a number of times before, but it is one of those gems that does not lose any of its charm with multiple viewings.

"The film embodies many of the qualities that make Fischli and Weiss's work among the most captivating in the world today: slapstick humour and profound insight; a forensic attention to detail; a sense of illusion and transformation; and the dynamic exchange between states of order and chaos. As everyday objects crash, scrape, slide or fly into one another with devastating, impossible and persuasive effect, viewers find themselves witnessing a spectacle that seems at once prehistoric and post-apocalyptic."

Fischli and Weiss are masters at creating suspense and tension: there are times in the film when it seems that motion has come to a stand still, but a sudden burst sparks the action again. Such changes in pace are an excellent way to sustain the attention of the audience.

This is a work that thoroughly deserves your undivided attention, so sit back, be prepared to be amazed, and enjoy!

The Way Things Go by racedaily

The Way Things Go by race daily

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