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carried by Saxonia, 1912

Ship images permission via purchase through the Norway Heritage Collection

and Heritage-Ships

Image of Julia and Miklos Kaczur courtesy Brian Szabo

To thread connections, I’ve been scavanging sites to find images of places Julia might have seen, where she may have been, walked, rested, slept. Seeing the images of the Saxonia, its plans and various images of spaces meant for 3rd class steerage, I can’t help wonder about her experience during the voyage across the Atlantic to New York. Living in small quarters, the buoyancy and rhythm of the ocean, the sounds and scent of strangers, and unknown languages would be her constant companions. The combination of sacrifice, courage and hope must have sustained her journey. The Saxonia arrived safely in New York, April 8, 1912, just 7 days prior to the tragic sinking of the Titanic.

Space is not the setting (real or logical) in which things are arranged, but the means whereby the position of things becomes possible. This means that instead of imagining it as a sort of ether in which all things float, or conceiving it abstractly as a characteristic that they all have in common, we must think of it as the universal power enabling them to be connected.

– M. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Space (excerpt)

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