It's going to take us forever to get home" was recorded by Farley Gwazda and his friends in downtown Manhattan on September 11th, 2001, and edited ten years later.

"it's going to take us forever to get home" by farleygwazda

This primary document is digitally looped into relentlessly repetitious post traumatic chants comprised of decontextualized phrases calculated to meet our expectations of an account of such a dark moment. Further listening reveals that these phrases were cut from conversations about food, sex, pop culture, and other personally meaningful topics that did not become part of the mythos of 9.11.

The media's replaying of spectacular recordings has led us to forget that life on this one day was a complex mish-mash of tragedy, confusion, appetites, minor complaints, and bad jokes - the concerns of nonheroic social beings making their way through shouts, sirens, street static, and tolling bells. This work takes advantage of the media's strategies to overwhelm the mind, but also offers the opportunity to reject the simplicity of monolithic negativity and let in complexity, confusion, and vulnerability.

Commissioned for the exhibition Keeping an Eye on Surveillance, curated by Hanna Regev, September 10th - November 20th, 2011 at the Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, where it was installed as speakers hidden under a stairwell in the entrance foyer.

The form of this sound piece was influenced by the creation process and resultant audio style of the video piece "Mortal Treasures."