The Way Things Go


Last week, i was at Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón for the opening of Electric Nights – Art and Pyrotechnic, an exhibition slash fireworks showcasing works from the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou. My report is still in its draft stage but i thought i’d share with you the video that got visitors glued in front of a screen on the night of the opening.

2lauf2.jpgDer Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go) is a 1987 film by Peter Fischli and David Weiss following a 30 minute long, uninterrupted chain of physical and chemical experiments. One explosion leads to a fire that heats up a teakettle until its steam whistle flies away and hits a bottle that falls and pour its content over a… It goes on and on. One chemical trigger leads to another or sparks a physical phenomenon. The film watches like a thriller (even if you’ve seen it twice already), every single step can go wrong.

I couldn’t embed the full series from youtube so head over here to see the full film: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

The assembly of everyday objects is set in a warehouse, like a long Rube Goldberg machine.


Honda actually ran into a bit of trouble with a commercial that looked way too much like a polished version of The Way Things Go.

Electric Nights – Art and Pyrotechnic is open at Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain, until September 12, 2011.