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Words have been used in various ways in Moment of Impact 9/11, from these I outline six aspects.
The words are used in combination with the colour of the blue sky to indicate what seemed like the start of a good working day. What unfolded is referred to by the use of other combinations of blue flashed glass and other flashed colours with abstract types of glass.
2. Word Manipulation
Immediately after the attacks, messages to thank the emergency workers to expressions of the defiant American spirit, as well as reactions to those who were thought to have carried out the attacks, were written in the dust and debris of the Twin Towers. Courage was undeniably what the survivors, the rescue workers, and the victims’ families demonstrated and would continue to need. I continued the wordplay as can be seen, for example at the top of Panel 2, where the word ‘courage’ was put into the spikes of the Statue of Liberty and split into ‘c-our-rage’. This reflected my thoughts during the night of 9/11 when I wondered what the fear would be like in New York City, what apocalyptic event might have occurred by the time I awoke? How quickly would America militarily retaliate? Would they retaliate? Could they resist, was there another option?
I decided to portray the façade of live TV, the end and public part of the complex media processes. (more...) Instead of using the formal graphics of news production, I chose to make images of the TV appear in a band in the crown of the Statute of Liberty. The words ‘live TV’ were produced not with typical typefaces but with the handwritten words. This choice was made because of the proximity of the presenters who ‘seemed’ closer, their human concerns were more evident, in spite of the professional façade they presented. They appeared more alive than I recall in any other disaster. But in contrast the actual personalities producing the news seemed unimportant compared to 9/11. Hence I made the news presenters appear as silhouettes, but not black and white, but in blue against a colour to indicate the artificial light of a studio. After all, they were supposedly safe in their studios unlike the news crews reporting from the streets of the city. Typical journalistic questions are also included in this area to indicate aspects of the media language.
4. Visualising the Unseen & Immediate Communications
6. No Portraits
All the speech bubbles started from the thought ‘…proved himself (or) themselves’. In the bubble about Bush in Panel 9 the crossing out of the ‘d’ in proved and the addition of the word ‘to’ refers to three moments of time. The stature of the President was judged by his initial response, and in particular his defiant speech from the ruins of 9/11 via my TV, and his actions are being judged now and will be in the future.
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