I am at the end of my final week here and the time has gone by incredibly quickly. I feel that I have learned an enormous amount in these eight weeks and I am very grateful to Mr. Streicker, to the Streicker Fellowship, and to Princeton University for the amazing opportunity they provided me.
Eliasson’s mirrors appear in both expected and unexpected locations within the château¬– I am excited to find that the installation, far from disturbing the view I was expecting, actually enhances my optical perception. His use of mirrors and reflections seems to bolster my theories. Strolling around this installation at Versailles, I realized that it embodied the very essence of my Streicker Fellowship: a fusion of art, visual science, and French culture.
I arrived in Recife, Brazil to do historical and anthropological research about six weeks ago. My work-which mainly involves going to local archives to read newspapers from the 1930s in tandem with 17th century Dutch and Portuguese letters and maps- has been enjoyable. I’m glad I still have two weeks left to continue immersing myself in the documents this city has left behind as well as the streets and buildings that make it up. But it’s the people I’ve been meeting rather than the things