Making Sense

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea

Sarah Cameron Sunde

36.5 / Bay of All Saints, Salvador, Brazil, 2019 (6th work in the series)

36.5 / Bodo Inlet, Kwale, Kenya, 2019 (7th work in the series)

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013 – present) is a series of nine site-specific participatory performances and video artworks by New York-based interdisciplinary artist Sarah Cameron Sunde, spanning six continents. In each, Sunde collaborates with the local community and stands in a tidal area for 12-13 hours as water engulfs her body and then reveals it again. It is a radical call to reconsider our relationship with water as individuals, as communities, and as a species. The video above combines excerpts from the durational video work (12 hours, 16 minutes) and documentation of local participation in the performance. Below is a time-lapse that boils the 12 hours, 6 minutes event down to 2 minutes.