Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain is the original title of a low-resolution image that Claerbout found in a library. To an audience familiar with visual culture, it seems a darker and more contemporary version of one of the first motion pictures in history by the Lumière brothers, a documentary film of employees leaving a factory in Lyon. Here, the working day is over too, but the workers are stuck because of the rain and forced to take shelter under a bridge while waiting for better weather, which also suggests a longing for better times. In a year production, Claerbout and his studio deconstructed the image and applied pictorial 3D technique to the workers, with the two-sided effect of generating volumes while turning the human figure into an empty shell. He also used elliptical motion to simulate the uncanny mixture of water and oil, the two fluid and amorphous elements dominating the title and the foreground of the image. The simple reconfiguration of an anonymous image as an animation bestows it a socio-political weight that seemed otherwise negligible. In fact, as a photographic instant expands into endless repetition, the act of waiting becomes an existential condition rather than a one-time event - the perspective from which to examine productivity and capitalism in relation to the workers and ourselves.