Tamsweg: January 2046. The global media are focused on this
small city. What was once a secret getaway spot for vacationers
is now attracting scientists, investors, and
from all over the world. Television teams are camping out here.
For several months, they’ve been reporting live out of the region
once known only for its nature preserves. The subject of their
reports is the BSZ in Tamsweg. All of the alumni have either
proved vital to the BSZ´s developement or have built up
their own companies in the area. Even more than
Dubai’s Media City
or Cairo’s Smart Village, the BSZ has contributed to a development
referred to by all of the observers of the
as the "Tamsweg phenomenon."
has also made a pilgrimage to Tamsweg. His objective:
to explore the history of the foremost elite institution of the
New Economy. During the course of his research, he has encountered
Eva Grubinger's now legendary allegories, which were created
shorty after the turn of the century as part of an art project for the BSZ.
If you look at the installation of images from the front, you
see rather abstract, indistinct, fluid, two-dimensional ensembles
of shapes. From an oblique perspective, however, you realize
that they are figurative representations: a girl working out, a young man
and an old one engaged in a generational wrestling match, etc.
The figures, created using a so-called
technique, are in four different areas of the institution. Even
today, they invite the viewer to experiment with various perspectives.
Considering the circumstances under which they were created
– in a changing economy struggling for flexibility – they appear
to the computer science historian to be the key to the present.
So his research soon led him to former BSZ students who might
have been the artist’s models. In his journal, the historian
turned these encounters into written portraits.