The Way Things Do

The Way Things Do opens on Thursday 29 at 19.00. An exhibition curated by Serafín Alvarez (Production Grant Hangar 2017) and Martina Millà with the participation of Daniel Jacoby & Yu Araki, Serafín Álvarez and Cécile B. Evans. The Hangar Production Lab has produced two of the pieces and has been in charge of the montage of the exhibition that can be visited until October 1st at the the Joan Miró Foundation.

In 1987, the Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss presented their film Der Lauf der Dinge, known internationally as The Way Things Go. The film shows the chain reaction of a long sequence of objects and substances that activate and connect with each other, as if they were predetermined by a continuous cause-and-effect relationship. The sequence, appearing as arbitrary and chaotic, is meticulously choreographed.

The 1980s were also the decade when Daniel Jacoby & Yu Araki, Serafín Álvarez and Cécile B. Evans were born. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Swiss duo’s film, these artists have used the piece as a basis for new productions.

The Way Things Do offers a perspective from which the artists explore the notion of the object as an independent, complex, inexhaustible reality. Their works reveal the background behind a traditional Japanese sport that is now only practiced on a single track in the world; they examine the relationships that fans develop with consumer objects from the realms of fiction, and they build a narrative in which humans, data, machines and artificial intelligence work together.

The exhibition ends with a screening of the original film by Fischli and Weiss.

With the collaboration Fundació Joan Miró, BAR project and Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.


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