As the housing crisis struck Cleveland in 2008, leaving thousands of foreclosures
in its wake, many began viewing the city as broken, but not Cincinnati artist Susan
"It got me thinking about people's hopes for revitalization and reusing the assets
that they already have," she says.
Byrnes' upcoming work, Mending Is Better Than Ending: Cleveland Revival, is a reversal
of a phrase that appears in Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel Brave New World. Rather
than focus on the negative, the interactive performance piece — appearing at the
Sculpture Center July 27 — displays the resilience of Cleveland and its citizens.
In order to uncover genuine feelings about the city, Byrnes collected audio interviews
about Clevelanders' favorite places throughout the city and then edited and remixed
them into a cellphone-accessible audio tour that anonymously presents what people
love about living here.
During the performance, visitors will be asked to write, draw and express their
favorite spots on pieces of paper and fabric erected in a tentlike structure adorned
with a topographic drawing of the city.
"This piece gives people an opportunity to spend time thinking about what they value
in their city," Byrnes says.
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