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The Sunday Video: The Way Things Go

This weeks Sunday Video is another blast from the past, or more accurately from Swiss art stars Peter Fischli (8 June 1952 in Zurich) and David Weiss (21 June 1946 in Zurich). Although the pair continue to produce experimental work in a wide variety of media this 1987 film, “Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go),” that features a Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction in which everyday objects are propelled by means of fire, pouring liquids and gravity is by far their best known and most popularist work, serving, as the Fischli/Weiss lawyers no doubt argue, as a source of unlicensed inspiration for Honda’s 2003 ‘Cog’ commercial and speculatively the movies Final Destination 1, 2 and 3 (and most likely The Final Destination (Final Destination 4) due to be released next month).

If you’re from Miami and haven’t seen this film it either means that you have no interest in contemporary art or that like most you simply haven’t set foot inside the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in the last decade. Considering this film’s notoriety we’re sure there must be some law preventing us from screening it in its entirety, however, in true Sunday Video fashion and in fear of slapped wrists from angry authoritarians (in this case Matthew Marks Gallery, New York; Sprüth Magers Berlin London; and the afore mentioned Martin Z. Margulies), here it is:

The Way Things Go, 1987. Single Channel Video Installation With Sound. Dimensions Variable. Duration 30 Mins.


For more information please go here.

For the Honda commercial that apparently had nothing to do with this film go here.

For The Final Destination trailer go here. Apparently death saved the best… for 3D.

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.



  • Mister Arrow

    Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) How To Get The Cotton Out Of An Aspirin Bottle had as much to with the car commercial as it did with the Fischli & Weiss film.
    I like how the tempo of the Fischli & Weiss was always slightly behind the beat and irregular and I liked how the car commercial was very musical and created from a deconstructed automobile. Very Foreboding.
    time + space = brilliance

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The Sunday Video: The Way Things Go