talks, performances


Chapter III
"Queen of Saba a.k.a. βασίλισσατουνότου"

Enricco Floriddia

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7pm

Venue: philomena+, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

Enrico Floriddia © philomena+

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.



artist, a researcher, a photographer, a scholar, a publisher, an archaeologist. Born in Sicily in 1984. Studied Architecture, Modern Literature and Art History at the Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy. In 2012 he obtained a Photography Master of Arts at the École Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière (ENSLL) in Paris, France. Between 2012 and 2016, Photography Teacher Assistant at the European School for Visual Arts (EESI) in Poitiers, France. In 2017 Photography Teacher at Université Paris VIII. Participant of the Trauma&Revival (Bozar, Brussels; zkm, Karsruhe; Cittàdellarte, Biella; Pushkin, Moscow; and kim?, Riga) and ENGAGE (Viafarini, Milan) programmes in 2017. In 2018, he was part of Decolonizing Architecture at the Institute of Arts in Stockholm. Organiser of bi- residencies with Jérôme de Vienne and Angeliki Tzortzakaki. Currently researcher at ESACM art school in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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