Volkswagen have been working this rich seam recently; taking the wholly credible notion that Wolfsburg is full of graduate engineers, technicians and assembly-line workers with triple City & Guilds equivalents who just love their jobs and whose every waking moment is dedicated to perfecting, say, the window-locking mechanism, or reducing the weight of plastic water- bottles.
The logical development is that these men take their work home with them. So we have 20 seconds of a VW middle-manager in the bath, captured on black and white time-coded video (25.12.95), anguishing about the new Passat. He sits up (decently clouded by murky water); he sits back; he thumps his forehead; he says inaudible things to himself - continuing a dialogue begun in Engineering Design Laboratory Block 2 - and he's somewhere between resignation and despair. But we know it's ended well. This sort of thing, incidentally, depends on a brilliant sound recordist to give it verisimilitude - dripping, splashing and muffled mutters echoing in small spaces. A prize for this unsung techie, I say.
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