Semester III
ON IRONY


Session 21
22.06.2020
Location: Zoom Space


TEXT A
PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS: How to Work Better

Spector, Nancy and Nat Trotman. PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS: How to Work Better. 380 pages, including 700 color plates. 4to, cloth. New York, Prestel/Delmonico, in association with the Guggenheim, 2016.


TEXT Fischli Weiss 
Text Synopsis


The text “Haus and other outdoor projects” is an excerpt out of the book Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to work better”, published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition. In the text, the authors, Nancy Spector and Nat Trotman, focus on a set of contextual works of Fischli Weiss produced at the end of the 80’s, beginning of the 90’s. The almost architectural interventions of the artists use the opposition of the banal and the extraordinary as a shared strategy.

By reversing or contradicting deliberately the project’s surroundings and by displacing materiality in an almost humorous way, the work of both artists reveal temporality and the absurdity of the modern condition. Everything is always on the verge of failing.

Synopsis by Truwant Rodet



Truwant Rodet Collage


About the Author

Nancy Spector is the Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Nat Trotman is Curator of Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.