Peter Fischli, David Weiss  An Unsettled Work

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
An Unsettled Work
Slide projection transferred to DVD
Original version: 162 slides, 2 slide carousels, 2 projectors, 1 dissolve unit; DVD, exh. copy
Collection Thomas and Cristina Bechtler, Switzerland

Peter Fischli, David Weiss  Boîte de nuit (from Fever)

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Boîte de nuit (from Fever)
Carved and painted polyurethane 
1800 x 1300 x 1300 mm
Courtesy the artists
Photo: Tate Photography

Fotografias 2004/5 is a series of photographs taken by the artists of existing painted images, whether from amusement parks, fairgrounds, shop fronts or the sides of vehicles. This is another encyclopaedic collection, presented in a uniform fashion so that the dramatic scale and gaudy colouring of each original painting is reduced to an identically-sized black and white snapshot. The imagery tends to the fantastical and exotic, with mysterious landscapes and science fiction scenes. The artists used black and white Agfa slide film, underexposed, and printed on colour photographic paper, which creates an uncanny, slightly spectral effect. This use of popular imagery reflects their interest in a contemporary visual culture that rarely finds its way into the art gallery.

An Unsettled Work 2004, originally titled Freakshows, Monsters, is composed of pictures that were taken during the making of Visible World, but were ultimately rejected as too macabre or grotesque for the final work. The images include nightclub scenes, ghost trains, bloodied wax figures, cows and dolls heads, and Christmas decorations, which are lavishly superimposed over one another and morphed in sequences. According to Fischli, ‘the unpleasant and pleasant should inexplicably overlap in a sort of beautiful, feverish madness, in the end imploding under an overwhelming number of interpretive possibilities.’