Retraining Laziness

Fueled by an economic system that evaluates each individual based on their productivity, humans and machines are in competition with each other. In an effort to improve in order to stay relevant and benefit the society they belong to, they find themselves in a constant mode of self-exploitation. One works because one can, and not because one must. But due to an anomaly a robot abandons the assembly lines to explore an idle and independent existence.
The video series Retraining Laziness follows a conversation between a human worker and a malfunctioning robot as they discuss unhealthy production conditions and their own relationship to work and time.

  • Agnes Varnai
  • Tina Kult
  • Aila Ben Franken
    Key Cast
  • Caroline Bass
    Key Cast
  • M T Hall
  • Daniel Bucher
    Vocal recording
  • Péter Várnai
    Additional 3D and animation
  • Chris Harrison
    3D scan / puppet
  • Sebastian Grande
    Text and graphic support
  • Ráhel Anna Molnár
    Text and graphic support
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,500 EUR
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Director Biography - Agnes Varnai, Tina Kult

T(n)C was founded in 2017 by Agnes Varnai and Tina Kult. They live and work in Vienna and experiment with a wide range of media, including virtual reality, 3D, installation, sculpture and film. By combining the different disciplines, they are researching immersive experiences to connect the digital and physical levels of realities. T(n)C believes in the power of joint efforts. Their aim is to expand the practices of collective storytelling with a collaborative approach.
The works of the collective have been exhibited at various locations, such as Kunstraum Niederoesterreich (AT), projectcell36 (AT), WIENWOCHE (AT) or Art+Text (HU). They were also part of the Vienna Design Week, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin and the re;publica festival in Berlin. In 2022 they participated in the European Media Art Platform Residency Program at FACT, Liverpool.

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