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.