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Der Lauf der Dinge

The Way Things Go ("Der Lauf der Dinge") is a film documenting an impressively long causal chain assembled of everyday objects. It doesn't perform a practical task; the film simply ends. It was created in 1987 by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The machine is in a warehouse, about 100 feet long, and incorporates materials such as tires, trash bags, ladders, soap, oil drums, and gasoline. Fire and pyrotechnics are probably the most common elements used. The film is nearly 29 minutes long, but much of that is waiting for something to burn, or slowly slide down a ramp.






In May 2003, Fischli and Weiss threatened legal action against Honda over similarities between the Cog commercial and The Way Things Go:



speaking of Honda, they have such nice ads:

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1 Responses to “Der Lauf der Dinge”

  1. # Blogger Aughie

    I could watch that documentary for hours, its so cool! The ways in which they use the fire are amazing. That was really fun to watch. Wow.  

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