(Astronauts: Arzu Ozkal and Nanette Yannuzzi , filmed by Outhere Productions-Photographs by Brent Gemmill)
“Mission: Cleveland Land Mass,” is a wry commentary that speaks to the amount of abandoned land in the city of Cleveland. Using 3-D technology the artists urge viewers to experience the obvious, the familiar and the ignored through the distorted lens of the camera. When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969 the world viewed the incomprehensible from their living rooms. In “Mission: Cleveland Land Mass” we are reenacting 'ﬁrst steps' in a visual exploration of Cleveland's abandoned land. The portrayal of these post-industrial landscapes, a homage to Marx's idea of alienation, brings forth the consequences of abstraction; the unforeseen destruction we cause to our environment as a result of our separation from the results of our own production.