36.5 / New York Estuary

September 14, 2022, 7:27am – 8:06pm (12 hours, 39 minutes)
Location: The Cove at 31-10 Vernon Blvd, Astoria, Queens

The ninth and final work in the 36.5 series will include participation from around the world, with simultaneous performances from previous international locations, livestreaming, and filming in real time to create the durational video works that will be shown as multi-channel installations.

“Prompted by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated New York City in 2012, 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is an investigation of individual and collective vulnerability and resilience.”
— Nicole Miller for Hyperallergic
New York-based artist Sarah Cameron Sunde stands in a tidal bay for a full tidal cycle, usually 12-13 hours, as water engulfs her body and then reveals it again. The public participates. What began in 2013 with a simple poetic action has grown into a complex artwork, involving hundreds of people in communities around the world.
“The surface simplicity of the work belies the complexity of its theoretical, aesthetic, and political potential. 36.5 offers an opportunity to approach questions of art, performance, and of the human place in nature from a variety of discursive and disciplinary perspectives: feminism, eco-theory, theories of space, embodiment, and affect, questions of resilience, histories of performance, art history, as well as questions of transnational art activism and modes of fostering eco-spheric consciousness.”

– Una Chaudhuri, Eco-critic, Professor, Dean for the Humanities at NYU

July 18-31: 36.5 Cove Intensive at the site — studio visits, test stands, research, artist/community engagements, film + international livestream testing
July 31: Culminating “Kin Dig” evening event with Remote Theater Project with performance, “We Are All Kin to the Cove” on July 31 at 6pm
July 20Art and the Environment: Artist Talk with Tatiana Arocha and Sarah Cameron Sunde, moderated by Kendal Henry at Arts Brookfield (6-8pm)
August 7: The Climate Museum panel discussion, “With the Sea” at LMCC on Governors Island (1pm)
August 7: Snug Harbor public engagement (video installation all day, participatory walk from 7-8pm)
August 13: Community Day at Arts Brookfield: screening of durational video artworks: 36.5 / Te Manukanukatanga ō Hoturoa (Aotearoa) + 36.5 / Bay of All Saints (Brazil); the public is invited to help create a denim seascape which will serve as audience seating on September 14 with René Stewart-Pearce and Pamella Allen  (8:08am-8:31pm)
August 21: Ma’s House and The Watermill Center collaboration with Jeremy Dennis, Pamella Allen, Tecumseh Ceaser, Danielle Hopson Begun, Shinnecock (8:46am-4:10pm)
August 24: Riverside Park Conservancy engagement events — lower park (3-5pm) and upper park (6-8pm)
August – September: Outdoor Public Installation in the Schwartz Plaza Vitrines at New York University
September 1-13: Final prep Cove Intensive final prep, studio visits, test stands, community engagements, project ambassador workshop trainings, etc.
September 6: Climate Lab discussion with Russell Shorto and the New Amsterdam Project at the New York Historical Society (7-8pm)
September 9: Guest Lecture at Penn State Sustainability Sessions
September 10:  Artist Talk and Conversation with Hector Canonge at the Bronx River Art Center with PAUSA -PERFORMANCE ART USA
SEPTEMBER 14:  36.5 / NEW YORK ESTUARY – 9th and final performance at the Cove in Queens NYC with Satellite Performances in Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Aotearoa-New Zealand, Livestreaming into multiple venues around NYC and beyond,  7:27 AM – 8:06PM EST
TBD end of September: Premiere screening of the durational video artwork, 36.5 / New York Estuary, onsite in community
October 6: Celebratory academic event with NYU scholars and 36.5 collaborators, organized by Una Chaudhuri