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Transformed Overnight - The Impact of 9/11

Sep 11 | Wed |
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In collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11 with a rare screening of 2001 by Wolfgang Staehle, a time-lapse compilation of video footage, extracted at four-second intervals during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on Wednesday September 11, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street).

Countless New Yorkers witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as they were unfolding. Every conceivable form of image-capturing device recorded that awful spectacle, earning it distinction as the most visually recorded event of all time.

Wolfgang Staehle, a pioneering internet artist, inadvertently chronicled the approach of hijacked Flight 11 and its explosion through the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on 9/11 by a pair of webcams in Brooklyn. Focused on lower Manhattan, the camera shutters were calibrated precisely to trip at four-second intervals, continuously snapping panoramic views programmed for live-streaming to the Postmasters Gallery in Manhattan.

Staehle’s installation, which also included two similar, remote camera setups in Berlin and the Swabian countryside in Germany, was intended to convey the predictable normalcy of life at the start of the 21st century. Manhattan’s downtown skyline represented the contributing influence of global capitalism. With the 9/11 attacks, these mundane rhythms were ruptured as Staehle’s cameras chronicled the transformation of a routine workday into a city under siege.

Presentation of this program is made possible through the generous support of 9/11 Memorial Museum Presenting Sustainer Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.

Venue: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street) Map