Hardly Working by Total Refusal is part of Videoformes 2023, International Hybrid and Digital Arts Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. "Hardly Working" gives priority to characters that normally fade into the background of video games: NPCs. NPCs are non-playable characters that populate hyper real worlds to create the appearance of normality.
Videoformes 2023 measure the alternative paths that recognized the different emerging and innovative forms of the post-war period: events, participative happenings, performances, installations (once called video sculptures), artists' videos, recordings, and societal and political commitments... This (r)evolution, in the forms as well as in the subjects and themes addressed, has subsequently undergone rhizomatic developments. Artists' CDs, computer art, net art, and today’s NFTs, immersive, interactive, generative, “live”, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) works are all creations to which AIs (artificial intelligences) have come to give a decisive boost and open up new opportunities.