Peter Fischli (Swiss, b.1952) and David Weiss (Swiss, 1946–2012) are an artist duo, often referred to as Fischli/Weiss, best known for their multi-media installations and films that present everyday materials in absurd and humorous contexts. Fischli was born in Zürich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and Bologna. Weiss, also born in Zürich, studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zürich and Basel. Fischli and Weiss began collaborating in 1979 with their Wurst Series, 10 color photographs of everyday scenes acted out by dressed up sausages. The absurdity and playfulness that characterize all of their work shows the influence of Dada, Surrealism, and Pop Art. The photographic series Quiet Afternoon (1984), also known as Equilibrium, captures eccentric constructions of incongruous objects on the verge of collapse. Fishli and Weiss’ best known work, The Way Things Go films similar constructions as they collapse and trigger the collapse of other constructions. For Clay and Rubber, an ongoing series begun in 1986, Fischli and Weiss cast everyday objects, such as plant roots and hiking boots in black rubber. Their work has been exhibited in many international institutions, including the Tate Modern in London, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Franciso. They have represented Switzerland at the 1988, 1995, and 2003 Venice Biennales. Fischli lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. Weiss died on April 27, 2012.