Conveying humor, irony and parody through everyday objects, the artists duo Fischli and Weiss started working together in 1979. During their more than thirty years- collaboration (ended abrutly after Weiss death in 2012), they made use of a wide range of media (film and photography, art books, sculptures made out of different materials, and multimedia installations), in order to investigate matters of everyday life as well as questioning the meaning of existence.
In one of their forst works, (“The Point of Least Resistance” or simply “The Least Resistance” – 1981) the artists directed a movie in Los Angeles – the city they lived in at the time – where the two ramble through the city dressed as a rat and a bear. Against a noir-style Los Angeles background, the two fall into discussions, questions and observations on the nature of art and crime, while immersing into a murder case. A second “Rat and Bear” movie (“The Right Way” – 1982-3) was set in the Swiss Alps, and sees the duo hiking through the mountains, trying to find reasons for all they experience, while at the mercy of the elements and of miracles.
A book called “Order and Cleanliness “(1981) (orig: “Ordnung und Reinlichkeit”) accompanies the Rat and Bear films and is crammed with charts and diagrams, attempting to explain and to give order out to the world. The original OaC was a self produced booklet, comprising a set of 15 color photocopies, each: 11 x 17 inches, on sale following the first showing of Der geringste Widerstand (The Least resistance) at a late-night screening in a Zurich theater.
© Peter Fischli / David Weiss, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Pdf from here. Via: Elina Axioti