Everyday Clevelanders functioned as real-time local avatars for Iranians overseas. Through simple, mobile technology each Cleveland avatar was connected live to an Iranian citizen. The Iranian then spoke only to the avatar (through an ear piece) and directed them in who to approach and what to say. In this way citizens of Cleveland were introduced to someone concurrently living in an entirely different cultural circumstance through the body of a local citizen right in front of them. The Foreigner presented an uncanny circumstance where the separation between self and other, local and foreign, was collapsed and confused, and the geopolitical distance between the United States and Iran was made personal and local.