Gonzalez: ‘Yes dear I’m here.’
(A Primary Document, 9/11),
Installation, video, performance, embroidery, thread, audio, Rutgers Law Review - 9/11 ATC Transcripts & Audio - FAA NORAD Tapes (publicly released 2011), video editing by Ethan Shoshan, writing by Emily Colucci
Above Image: Installation of Gonzalez: ‘Yes dear I’m here.’ (A Primary Document, 9/11), La MaMa Galleria Window, NY, NY
(August 29 - September 11, 2022)
To the right clip from video
Written by Emily Colucci
Never forget. That’s a phrase frequently repeated about the attacks on September 11, 2001. But how can the act of remembrance—of not forgetting—be preserved materially? Artist Alexandria Deters’s embroideries and her corresponding video in Gonzalez: ‘Yes dear I’m here’ (A Primary Document, 9/11) document her attempts to bear witness to an unimaginable tragedy over twenty years later. The embroideries on view are part of an ongoing project in which she will embroider the entire 83-page audio transcript of the FAA and NORAD Response to 9/11, published by the Rutgers Law Review in 2011. Taken from logs, tape recordings, transcripts, and radar data, this audio monograph is the primary objective document of that morning, allowing viewers and listeners to read or hear the voices of 9/11 free from politicization or traumatic imagery. Through her painstaking embroidery process, visible in the time-lapse video in which she works at sites such as the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Deters honors the flight attendants, air traffic control workers, and other working people responding to the attacks by preserving their words and their astonishing yet everyday acts of heroism.
Gonzalez: ‘Yes dear I’m here.’
(A Primary Document, 9/11), 2021-2020,
video* edited by Ethan Shoshan
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Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript
Flight 93's cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) survived the crash. Investigators quickly determined that both of these so-called "black boxes" would contain valuable information regarding Flight 93's final moments and made finding the CVR and FDR a high priority. On September 14, 2001, at 8:30 pm, the CVR was recovered--25 feet underground in the impact crater.
The audio from Flight 93's CVR was used in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. It was also played for the families of the passengers and crew members. At the request of the families, the audio was sealed and has not been released to the public. However, a transcript of the CVR audio was publicly released by the FBI.
Full Audio Transcript
[PREFATORY NOTE TO THE 2011
RUTGERS LAW REVIEW PUBLICATION]
[As the team on the 9/11 Commission Staff responsible for reconstructing the facts of the day itself, Team 8...prepared what we called an 'audio monograph' of critical communications from the morning of 9/11, linked by narrative and graphics placing each audio clip in context...Before we had a chance to finalize the audio monograph, however, we were informed that there was insufficient time to put the document through the declassification process before the Commission’s term expired. This was not surprising...Thanks to...Staff Member Miles Kara, the draft monograph has now been released by the National Archives, as have the audio clips embedded in it.]
- John J. Farmer Jr.
Dean, Rutgers School of Law—Newark
Former Senior Counsel, National Commission
on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Volume 64, Fall 2011, Issue
September 3, 2011
9/11 ATC Transcripts & Audio - FAA NORAD Tapes