Terra Incognita

2018 – on-going

“Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination.
All the rest is disappointment and fatigue.
People, animals, cities, things, all are imagined.
Our journey is entirely imaginary. That is its strength.
It goes from life to death.”

Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

When the Colli Albani volcano erupted thousands of years BC, the lava flowed into a straight line to Rome. The Romans later used the cooled down lava as the foundation of the famous trade route ‘Via Appia’. The project ‘Terra Incognita’, takes the fertile soil of this area into examination. It considers soil to be more than a composition of mineral and chemical processes; as a living entity and a world as such. It does so through the descriptive method used in 18th century travel literature, creating a fictitious journey through the earth.

Eline Kersten