Lecture by Peter Fischli
Of all the works by the artistic duo Fischli/Weiss, one of the best known and most beloved is the film The Way Things Go (1985), which presents a sequence of chain reactions involving ordinary objects such as ladders, brooms, and other household items bumping, sliding, and crashing into one another in a manner at once comical and sobering.
The Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss maintained a collaborative conceptual art practice from 1979 until Weiss’s untimely death in 2012. Their investigations enumerate, celebrate, and gently satirize the banalities of everyday life using a wide range of media.
Their work has been exhibited widely and is in numerous museum collections, including the Tate, London; the Guggenheim, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Kunsthaus Zurich.