Projections x Chalk: The Way Things Go + kids' workshop

Swiss artists Fischli & Weiss made their muchimitated, never-bettered film The Way Things Go in 1987. In it, a variety of household objects from tyres and bottles to chairs and tables roll, fall and bump against one another – with a liberal helping of explosive chemicals, petrol and fire – to create an unforgettable thirty-minute, non-stop ‘Rube Goldberg machine.’

For this special event we team up with Newcastle-based collective Chalk, well-loved for their work creating fun, immersive, accessible cultural events for children and their families. Come along to watch the film and others inspired by it, and then join forces to attempt to create a huge chain reaction all together—minus the petrol!

Limited to 25 children. Suitable for age 5 and up.

Sunday 18 November 2019
Tyneside Cinema (Pop-Up Film School)

About the artists

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, often referred to as Fischli/Weiss, collaborated from 1979 until 2012. Their photographs, videos, installations, and sculptures were replete with wit and discovery, presenting everyday materials in absurd and humorous contexts. Much of their work is in dialogue with the theories espoused by Dada and Fluxus artists, including Marcel Duchamp and Dieter Roth. “The unpleasant and pleasant should inexplicably overlap in a sort of beautiful, feverish madness, in the end imploding under an overwhelming number of interpretive possibilities,” Fischli said of creating art.

Born on June 8, 1952 in Zürich, Fischli studied at the Academia di belle art in Urbino and Bologna, Italy. Weiss was born on June 21, 1946 in Zürich, and went on to attend the Kunstgewerbeschule in both Zürich and Basel. The two artists met for the first time in 1978, forming a short-lived rock band before beginning to create artwork together the following year. They went on to represent Switzerland at the Venice Biennale several times, winning the Golden Lion prize in 2003 for their piece Questions. Weiss passed away on April 27, 2012 in Zürich, Switzerland, ending their collaboration of 33 years. In 2016, the Guggenheim Museum in New York presented the first large survey of their work. Fischli continues to live and work in Zürich, Switzerland. Today, their art is held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Hamburger Banhof in Berlin.