Roots to Routes
A day full of exceptional travels at Flo Kasearu’s House Museum in Tallinn.
“Three sources led to journeys among the people settled on the ruins of the Roman Empire: the zeal of religion, the ardour of conquest, the spirit of adventure and enterprise, mixed with the greed of commerce. What drives us to travel today? What kind of traveler can one be in this world?”
(Extract from the book (Dis)covering … Mountains, 2020, p. 14)
The event (Dis)covering … Mountains takes its name from a pocket book artist Flo Kasearu and researcher Sara Bédard-Goulet created in collaboration with each other, published in English and French towards the end of 2020 as part of the Roots to Routes programme. The book explores an epic journey to Marseille amidst the coronavirus outbreak, embarking on various places along the route until reaching the end destination at Park de la Barasse. (Dis)covering … Mountains is partly about an imaginary journey which, through travel writing and drawings, describes the hidden culture and landscape of the Park de la Barasse, known above all for its toxic red mountains.
Set in Flo Kasearu’s House Museum, throughout the day there was a performative book presentation, lectures followed by a discussion and a brand new installation created specially on the Museum premises. Writer Mehis Heinsaar presented a lecture on psychogeographical pilgrimages delving into the landscapes of ancient forests, bogs and abandoned roads from Estonia and Latvia to Santiago de Compostela. Scientist Leena Kurvet-Käosaar similarly presented a lecture focusing on voluntary and forced migration and various in-between states, whereby different social, cultural and individual imaginations form engaging fields of tension and transformation around the perception of one’s homeland.
Because the walk-performance accompanying the book – originally planned to take place in Marseille in November 2020 – got postponed to autumn 2021, both Marseille and Tallinn presentations took place in 2021. Through the Tallinn chapter, a bridge between two diverse cultural environments – Northern and Southern Europe – were built.
Schedule for (Dis)covering … Mountains on June 12, 2021:
13:30–14:00 Gathering at Pebre 8 courtyard
14:00 Pros and cons of mobile worlds – a lecture (in Estonian) by scientist Leena Kurvet-Käosaar
15:30–16:30 Psychogeographical pilgrimages – a lecture (in Estonian) by writer Mehis Heinsaar
16:45 Presentation and reading from the book (Dis)covering … Mountains (in English)
(Dis)covering … Mountains
Flo Kasearu & Sara Bédard-Goulet
Roots to Routes, 2020
Published in English and French
17:00 Discussion between participants led by Annika Toots (in English)
18:00 Evening continues at Flo Kasearu’s House Museum
Lectures are recorded by Radio Night University.
Curated by Merilin Talumaa
Graphic design by Viktor Gurov
In collaboration with Flo Kasearu House Museum and Radio Night University.
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Halika Õunatalu, Allika Kombucha and Estonian Academy of Arts.