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A still from the film

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See Kinetic Freefall: Foosaner Art Museum to Screen Noted Art Film, The Way Things Go, July 2-Sept. 1

06/10/2013

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, will screen the 1988 self-destructing performance film of the most elaborate construction of noted kinetic artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss in Gallery VI, July 2-Sept. 1. The short, award-winning color film, “The Way Things Go,” shows 100 feet of Rube Goldberg-esque physical interactions, chemical reactions and precisely crafted chaos. It will show continuously.

The New York Times wrote: “Their masterpiece to date. . . Using elemental means—fire and fireworks, blasts of air, gravity and a variety of corrosive liquids—the artists manage to sustain a chain reaction of evermore absurd materials and events for 30 minutes.” Said the Chicago Tribune: “The film has an irresistible appeal. . . One cannot help but wonder at the work that must have been involved in each relatively simple action and reaction. How did they do it?”

The Swiss artists have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. All their work to date –photography, film, drawing, sculpture—demonstrates an abiding interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects.

The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Old Eau Gallie District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; $3, seniors; $2, children and students with I.D.; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone. For more information, call (321) 674-8916 or visit http://www.foosanerartmuseum.org.

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