Sarah Cameron Sunde
36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is a series of nine site-specific participatory performances and video artworks, taking place in nine bodies of water around the world from 2013–2021. In each, I stand in a tidal area for a full tidal cycle as water slowly engulfs my body and then recedes; the public participates in all aspects of making the work. Each work in the series consists of a live performance event, a long-form cinematic video work, and varied ephemera. The project examines the temporary nature of all things and our contemporary relationship with water in urban environments — as individuals, as communities, as a civilization, and as a species.
One week before the scheduled performance/shoot, the 8th work in the series was suspended due to COVID-19. I will discuss this current suspension in time and space in relationship to the waters and people of Aotearoa – New Zealand and New York City. How do we work through issues that are abstract and unfathomable, and translate this into the scale of our bodies? How can we learn from indigenous wisdom, the water, trees, and other species in this moment?
Additional Resource: online Māori Dictionary