Originally scheduled for:
March 29, 2020: 8:16am – 8:35pm
12 hours, 19 minutes

Postponed 6 days before the performance due to COVID-19.
Now scheduled to take place in March, 2022.

When doing early research for the project into parts of the world that are threatened by sea-level rise, Sunde was struck by the significance of the sunken continent of Zealandia and by the rapidity at which pacific islands are facing the effects of global rising water levels. Soon thereafter, she learned about Polynesian navigation and the ingenuity of the first people to arrive in Aotearoa. From an international perspective, Aotearoa is a country that is leading the way in conversations around conservation, respect for the water and the more-than-human world. Partners at AUT and Te Uru Gallery suggested the Manukau Harbour as a site that is under-represented in the greater Tāmaki Makaurau area.

The exhibition took place at:

Te Uru Wāitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi
February 22 – July 5, 2020

Each durational video artwork was shown as a two-channel video installation, looped, over the course of a month:
36.5 / North Sea
36.5 / Bay of Bengal
36.5 / Bay of All Saints
36.5 / Bodo Inlet

More info on the Te Uru Gallery website and about the planned performance here.

Sunde arrived in Aotearoa on March 3, 2020 and spent three wonderful weeks searching for the specific spot to stand, building a team and developing the project on the ground. Meanwhile COVID-19 was spreading around the world and on March 25, four days before the scheduled performance, the country went into lockdown. Sunde returned home to New York City immediately. The plan now is to deepen the work over the course of the year and to do the performance in early March, 2022.

Please see the video of Phase 1 work on the PROCESS page.

36.5 / Te Manukanukatanga ō Hoturoa
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand

by Sarah Cameron Sunde

In collaboration with Te Uru Wāitakere Contemporary Gallery and AUT School of Art & Design with additional support from EcoFest West and Auckland Digital Stage

Artistic collaborators: Amiria Puia-Taylor, Nettie Norman, Kingi Peterson, Jeremy Leatinu’u
Local Producer: Ariane Craig-Smith
Cinematographer: Ian Powell
Livestream: Robert George
Photographer: Raymond Sagapolutele
Production support: Paul Janman, Paola King-Borrero, Lea Schlatter
Partner and Whenua support: Janine Randerson, Andrew Clifford, Chloe Geoghegan, Nolwenn Lacire, Valance Smith, Matua Jeff Takua, Robin Taua-Gordan
Special thanks to: Peter Kostandelos, Joe Capozzi, Shana Chandra, HIWA, MAP Fund, Invoking the Pause, 36.5 Advisory Team and 36.5 Individual Contributors

36.5 series music collaborator: Joshua Dumas