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They are probably the most famous Swiss contemporary artists in the world. In 1985, they presented a work at the inaugural exhibition at the CCS, and in 2016 they will have a majot retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Their work deals both with everyday life and existential questions.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
wed 25 Nov 2015
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Der Lauf der Dinge (1986–1987)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

An evening devoted to Der Lauf der Dinge, the first version of which was presented at the opening of the CCS in 1985.
A discussion between Peter Fischli and Philippe Quesne (stage director and director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers) on the film, the issues it raises, its repercussions, and the question of the chain reaction in art and popular culture. Videos relating to Der Lauf der Dinge will be screened.

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They are probably the most famous Swiss contemporary artists in the world. In 1985, they presented a work at the inaugural exhibition at the CCS, and in 2016 they will have a majot retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Their work deals both with everyday life and existential questions.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.15

Making things go (1985–2006, 71'27'')

Colour video, sound, courtesy galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

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When a chain reaction becomes art

Swiss duo Fischli/Weiss made what is considered to be the most famous art video of all time. ...

Swiss duo Fischli/Weiss made what is considered to be the most famous art video of all time.

The iconic video by Zurich-based duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go) carried on their work focusing on equilibrium that began in 1984 with the photographic series Stiller Nachmittag (Quiet Afternoon) depicting strange assemblages of precariously balanced everyday objects. The film Der Lauf der Dinge follows the constant imbalance of a chain reaction, akin to the domino effect, applied to an array of objects from the artists' studio and daily lives. It is an ironic metaphor, both for life itself and for the possible career of the artists.

Filmed to give the impression of a long take, sometimes with the help of fade-outs in close-up similar to those used in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, the film simulates continuous time and aims to show a process devoid of artifice—except for its ingenious actions and reactions. In addition to the objects themselves, chemical reactions and countdowns trigger certain effects, while smoke machines produce swirling clouds.

Previously, the duo had made Skizze zu der Lauf der Dinge, a brief outline of the film in 8 mm format presented at the inaugural exhibition of the CCS in 1985. This trial run is also documented in the making of for Der Lauf der Dinge, entitled In der Werkstatt (In the Workshop) (1985-2006). Since it was first shown in 1987, the film has inspired many projects, both in the art field and in popular culture.

 

Denis Pernet, exhibition curator

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