The Way Things Go
Peter Fischli and David Weiss, 1987
I went by the Hirshhorn a few weeks ago, and this was my favorite piece: a film depicting a slow-moving, low-budget Rube Goldberg apparatus built by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss out of tires, candles, fuses, ramps, ladders, and random objects. I mean, what’s not to like about a flaming tetherball?
The purpose of the apparatus? Nothing, really, except to spin itself out. It’s pointlessly meditative. And I liked that – you could start watching the film at any point and stop at any point, as if you were watching waves on a beach, or crawling insects.