performance lecture series:

Bildungsroman in my hands number four, Enrico Floriddia, 2018, Enrico Floriddia

ENRICO FLORIDDIA  – Bildungsroman
Chapter III   » Queen of Saba a.k.a. βασίλισσατουνότου «
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

In a series of performative lectures with four chapters Enrico Floriddia presents his recent project Bildungsroman, an artistic research on the life of Eduard Glaser – astronomer, epigraphist, archaeologist and expert of Judeo-Arabic culture in Southern Arabia.
Eduard Glaser lived all his life as a stranger. Born in today Czech Republic from a Jewish family, he spent his life wandering. Enrico Floriddia’s Bildungsroman traces the first part of Glaser’s life throughout his studies in Prague and Vienna, his foot march to Paris, his troubled time in Tunis and Alexandria before he reached his craved destination, Yemen. The so-called Arabia Felix (lat. „Happy Arabia“) has been the place where Eduard Glaser finally stopped his quest. Just to start digging.
Like Glaser, the series of lectures performances is constantly looking at the Sun. Building an original fiction, Enrico Floriddia will make use of his research material, found documents, supposed dreams, liminal texts and pop music videos that unfold along a rather tortuous line.

Going through encounters in Vienna and Tunis, chapter III will deal with Eduard Glaser’s final arrival in Arabia Felix. Eduard Glaser discovers a new face of the Queen of Saba. A story of herbs and hair.

Performance Lecture Series Bildungsroman
All Five Chapters

All performances are held in English except the Intermezzo on March 12, which will be held in Italian.

philomena+ in cooperation with:
WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse
IIC Vienna
ÖAW Austrian Academy of Sciences




book presentation:









Tuesday, 11.12.2018, 6.00pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

6.30pm Welcoming words and presentation
7.00pm Patrick Timm reads from his logbook

PRATER STERN STUNDEN presents a series of public art interventions by the artists Markus Hofer, Patrick Timm, Sarvin Hazin, Omid Darvish and Martina Tritthart, which took place in spring and early summer 2018. Each project is site-specific and engenders participation, designed with the user of Vienna’s Praterstern in mind. 

The presented book documents the artistic actions at Praterstern and embeds them into a broader context by text contributions of the art theoretician Suzana Milevska, the city researcher Peter Payer and the curators Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer. The inclusive character of the project is reflected in the numerous comments by passers-by, residents and participants.





ETEMAD MOGHADDAM                  
Improvisation with lines
curated by Negar Hakim

Opening: Friday, 09.11.20185pm 

Duration of exhibition: 10.11 – 24.11.2018  
Opening hours: Mo & Tue 10am – 2pm, Fr 5pm – 8pm, Sat 11am – 5pm 
philomena+, Heinestr. 40, 1020 Vienna

These works reflect the artistic spirit of an architect who is not always able to find a suitable canvas for his pictorial creations solely through the design of the architectural space. They are the expression of ideas that were often completely improvised in the artist’s mind and subsequently put on paper using a fountain pen. The concept of these works is based, on the one hand, on capturing the composing of form and, on the other hand, on the optical perception of space with regard to visual aspects. These drawings are the result of a search for complex structures created through lines and aim to deliver a new representation of a three-dimensional Form-Space on a two-dimensional image area.

Etemad Moghaddam was born in Iran and currently lives in Austria. He studied architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University and at the Institute of Architectural Theory at the Vienna University of Technology. He probably belongs to one of the last generations of architecture students at the University of Tehran who have had to draw their designs by hand, pencil and rapidograph during their studies. Today, drawing by hand with pencil, broad-nibbed pen and ink enables him to express his creativity in a graphic way.






open studio:

D759 in B minor, work in progress

Guest Artist: 23rd October – 6th November 2018

Open Studio Days:
Sunday, 4th November 2018, 10am – 7pm
Monday, 5th November 2018, 10am – 7pm
philomena+, Heinestr. 40, 1020 Vienna

Manu Blázquez will work on the D759 in B minor at philomena+ project room. The D759 in B minor is a graphic interpretation of the eponymous Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert. The basic shape of the grid is interrupted from some numerical sequences, determined according to the musical notes used in the Schubert’s work.
The project consists of 14 different numerical successions, corresponding to the 14 groups of musical instruments. Each succession is obtained by adding the elements (notes) that appear progressively in the development of the symphony. Subsequently the successions will be adapted to a regular and enumerated grid for the realization of visual work.

Manu Blázquez was born in 1978 in Valencia where he also lives and works today. In spring 2018 he was artist-in-residence with KulturKontakt Austria and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.




Project statement at the Parallel Vienna 2018
Lassallestraße 1, 1020 Vienna
Second floor, room number 247

25th – 30th september 2018, 12am  – 7pm

philomena+ presents the exhibition „Carrefour des possibles“ with Yesmine Ben Khelil and Lisl Ponger who both question clichés and take a critical view on our capitalist society. Lisl Ponger translates a 17th century Spanish still-life into a contemporary photography in a neoliberal, postcolonial and globalized setting. Yesmine Ben Khelil tells through her work Tunisian stories connecting the past, present and the future and oscillates between reality and fiction.

On the art shelf philomena+ shows works by Enrico Floriddia, Wassim Ghozlani, Patrick Timm and Rania Werda.




philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

For eight evenings in a row Yesmine Ben Khelil invites the public to her studio, where she lives and works during her residency program with philomena+. Interested people are invited to meet and watch her at work while preparing for Parallel Vienna.
Through questioning the image Yesmine Ben Khelil tries to evoke the reality, assuming that the only certainty of realityuncertainty and non-sense is. With the goal of overcoming clichés, she develops a world of speculative characters gained from archives and internet research. By processing the pictures with ink, crayon, pastel or other techniques, she questions the reality or truth of what is depicted.
Born in 1986 in Tunis, Yesmine Ben Khelil now lives and works there as well. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Art Studies from the Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her solo exhibitions include „History of Haunting“ in Escalier B, Bordeaux (2016) and „The Universe is Expanding“ at the Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis (2016). Her works were presented at the Dakar Biennale (2016) and at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2016).




Round table discussion with Yesmine Ben Khelil, Manaf Halbouni, Irena Eden and Stijn Lernout about expectations, experiences, and possible benefits of artist residencies
Friday, 14th of September 2018, 6.00 – 8.30 pm
philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

As global networking progresses, artist-in-residence programs are becoming increasingly widespread. They offer the possibility of working in a fresh environment, making new contacts, and facilitate cultural exchange. In September 2018 Manaf Halbouni (AIR KulturKontakt) and Yesmine Ben Khelil (AIR philomena+) will come to Vienna as artists in residence. While Manaf Halbouni left his native country Syria ten years ago, Yesmine Ben Khelil lives and works in Tunisia. Their different starting situations are complemented by the position of the artist duo Irena Eden and Stijn Lernout, who live in Austria and have participated in multiple residency programs.
This event is organized in cooperation KulturKontakt Austria Federal Chancellery of Austria.
Language of the event: English




public art: 

CHARBAGHS (Four Gardens)

The philomena+ front garden will be open until Nov., 2018
Venue: on the pavement in front of philomena+ project room
Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Concept: Hosna Pourhashemi
Artistic implementation: Ahoo Maher and Emanuel Jesse

The garden project was carried out in cooperation with Grätzloase and Garteln um Eck. Eternit Austria generously provided the five-piece Lounge Dune by Viennese designer Rainer Mutsch. 

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Enrico Floriddia Performances Lectures Series Vienna



public art: 

Omid Darvish & Sarvin Hazin – Open Music Workshop

Omid Darvish & Sarvin Hazin, „Open Music Workshop“, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar

12.06 – 03.07.2018 2018, every Tuesday and Friday 5 – 7 pm

Opening Concert: Tuesday, 12.06.2018, 6 pm
Venue: at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern 

With the sounds, melodies and rhythms created by Omid Darvish and Sarvin Hazin the Vienna Praterstern becomes a place of listening and dreaming, captivating both those who linger and those who pass by. On one hand these sounds can sound exotic as they differ greatly from classic European music. On the other hand they may also evoke a sense of home among those who are familiar with this type of music. Over a period of four weeks the two musicians will come to Vienna Praterstern, roll out a carpet and play on their traditional string instruments such as the Kamancheh and the Tanbur. Passers-by and other visitors are cordially invited to join in, sing along and participate in this transcultural musical performance.
Omid Darvish and Sarvin Hazin were both born in Tehran. Sarvin Hazin is currently studying violin at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and performs the violin and the Kamancheh in different orchestras and musical ensembles. Omid Darvish learned to play the Tanbur and traditional singing back in Iran. In Austria he pursued Jazz singing. Both are part of the Kurdophone Ensemble, which was founded in 2017 by Omid Darvish and brings ancient Kurdish melodies and Western aspects into harmony. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art: 

Martina Tritthart – durch gehend

Martina Tritthart, „durch gehend“, photo: Martina Tritthart

Premiere: 28/06/2018, 10 pm
28/06 – 30/06/2018, 10 – 12pm

Venue: Passage from the western Praterstern to the main avenue between Segaway Fleet and Asia Green Restaurant, Praterstern

‘durch gehend’ is a light intervention designed by Martina Tritthart for the passageway at Vienna’s Praterstern leading to Prater Hauptallee. With her poetic light work, the artist wants to defuse the queasy feeling that this location may cause. For some this short dark alley may even be seen as an unsettling and scary place of fear. Antagonizing this, Tritthart wants to create a positive experience among the pedestrians at this site.
Born in Graz the Viennese artist Martina Tritthart has been researching sensual exploration and spatial perception in connection with light as a medium. Besides scientific backgrounds, aspects of phenomenological philosophy and areal awareness are of great interest to her.
Inside the underpass at Praterstern Martina Tritthart projects two overlapping animated visual levels, containing animated words and shapes. The texts refer on the one hand to the current situation – as it is experienced and described – on Praterstern, and on the other hand, reflect moods and feelings of visitors.
Separately they only become readable through shadows, generated by those who pass by.
The play with the light always results in new text-shape combinations. The existing space is permanently reconstituted through the participants and makes them simultaneously recipients and also an integrative part of the new formations.
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curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art:

Patrick Timm – Hafenmeisterei
Artist Talk

Patrick Timm at work at Praterstern, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar

Tuesday, 12.06.2018, 5 pm
Venue: at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern

The artist Patrick Timm presents his research results. Since May 15 he has occupied daily his art research ship Hafenmeisterei, which lies at anchor at the foot of the Tegetthoff monument. During this time he dealt with the Praterstern as a ‚place of transit‘, did research on Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff and entered into dialogue with people passing by.

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art:

Patrick Timm – Hafenmeisterei

The „Hafernmeisterei“ leaves the shipyard, photo: Abdulrab Habibyar


Ceremonial Ship Launching:
Tuesday, 15.05.2018, 5:45 pm
Duration of the intervention:
15.05. – 13.06.2018
daily occupied from 2 –7 pm, by the artist
Venue: at the foot of the Admiral Tegetthoff Monument at Praterstern 

With the work of visual artist Patrick Timm, the project Prater Stern Stunden enters its second round. By conducting months of research and multiple research trips, he approached aspects of the Praterstern, especially Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, to whom a monument is dedicated there. He found out that the admiral of the Austrian navy defended his homeland Schleswig-Holstein during the naval battle of Helgoland in the 19th century. This reflects the interconnectedness of Austrian-German history.

Patrick Timm combines the idea of the rise of sea level giving Austria access to sea, with the emergence of a new traffic component at the Praterstern. His project takes place in the form of an art research ship, the „KFS Hafenmeister“, which will moor at the Praterstern. From the 15th of May to the 13th of June 2018 this mobile art studio will be occupied by the artist daily from 2 pm to 7 pm. Patrick Timm interacts with the passers-by and with the place itself. On the outer and inner walls of the „KFS Hafenmeister“ he shows works that are being created on site. On every second day there is a presentation or an interactive happening. His works, happenings and performances have an open ending. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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public art:

Markus Hofer – Polizei

Season opening:
Tuesday, 24.04.2018, 2 – 4 pm

Other performances :
Tue, 08.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 15.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 22.05.2018, 2-4 pm
Tue, 29.05.2018, 2-4 pm

former police pavilion at Praterstern

From April to July 2018 philomena+ is realizing a series of artistic interventions at the Praterstern in Vienna. The interventions are created with an emphasis on location and participation and aim to turn visions and dream images of an inhospitable place into reality.   

The artist Markus Hofer starts this series with the project „PolizeiS“ (a pun with the German words of police and ice cream). In general, his artistic works are based on familiar, everyday items and materials, altering their original functions by minimal manipulation and thus providing them with new levels of meaning.
In the scope of Prater Stern Stunden, Markus Hofer designed the first PolizeiS stall with its own PolizeiS flavors, distributed to the public for tasting. By adding a single letter at the end of the police logo, the law enforcement organization is given an ice-cold and at the same time sweet component. In addition to the association of the police force with security and a state of alert, new sensual associations arise such as refreshment and pleasure of eating ice cream. Read more: 

curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
Abdulrab Habibyar

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Preview PRATER STERN STUNDEN artistic interventions at Praterstern
16/02 – 22/04/2018

exhibition venue: philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna
opening hours: Th, Fr 2pm – 7pm and Sa 10am – 3pm,
or by arrangement +43-(0)664/1431453

In spring and summer 2018 philomena+ realizes a series of artistic interventions at the Vienna Praterstern. 
The exhibition at philomena+ project room offers a preview of the site-specifically conceived projects which aim to make utopias and dreams at an inhospitable place true, even if it’s just for a short period of time.   


curator: Christine Bruckbauer 
assistance: Aline Lenzhofer
photographer: Abdulrab Habibyar

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artist talk:  

Art historian Dr. Negar Hakim talks with the photographer Josef Polleross about the architecture and decay in Iran.


Hinterland im Spetakel, Hamburgerstraße 14, 1060 Vienna             Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 7 pm