Arzu Ozkal & Nanette Yannuzzi
Mission: Cleveland Land Mass is a wry commentary on 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 is an homage to Marx’s idea of alienation; they bring 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.
Filmed and edited: Outhere Productions
Photography: Brent Gemmill