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Sublime Cinema: The Way Things Go

Still image from The Way Things Go, a landmark 1987 art film.
Sublime Cinema: The Way Things Go

In celebration of our summer exhibition ExtraOrdinary, we present The Way Things Go, a landmark 1987 art film created by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. Influenced by Rube Goldberg's work, this orchestrated interplay of everyday objects such as tires, trash bags, soap, tea kettles, old shoes, balloons, and wooden ramps, along with natural phenomena such as fire and water, captures a mundane yet simultaneously riveting chain reaction. Meditative and thrilling, these common unglamorous items become animated.

Running time: 30 min.

Image courtesy of Icarus Films 

The Cinema Arts film collection is made possible by the Louis Goldblatt Memorial Fund.