SAVE THE DATE: September 2022


36.5 / NEW YORK ESTUARY is the culminating work in the 36.5 series and will be a large-scale global event involving several hundreds of people around the world. An overview of what we are building is below:

  • A site-specific, community-engaged process: Sarah and NYC collaborators are gathering monthly at the water’s edge to build Kin To The Cove, a site-specific community-powered environmental public art process that connects local residents to the Cove and Water that surrounds NYC. This process aims to slowly build a team of 36.5 participants while building relationships with the water, imagining a healthier future, and committing to future stewardship of the site. Every stage of this process is documented.
  • The live performance will take place in the Cove at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Sarah will stand in water for one full tidal cycle, inviting the public to join her by standing in water and/or marking the passing of hours from shore as “the human clock.” Artist collaborators will create interventions and installations to amplify the performance. Viewing stations around the Cove, on Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side, Manhattan will allow audiences to gather from various viewpoints.
  • Eight international re-enactments will take place at each of the previous 36.5 locations: Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Aotearoa-New Zealand, with core collaborators organizing relay performances events at the sites where the project initially took place.
  • Live-stream of this final performance will be broadcast online, outdoors and into venues in and around all five boroughs of New York City, around the country, and the world. Footage from the global re-enactments will be layered-into the live-stream feed.
  • The durational video artwork will be created at the same time. Six cameras will capture the entire performance in real-time. Within 10 days, this footage will be edited into a durational video work (same length as the performance: 12-13 hours) and ready to premiere on site for the collaborating community to see it first.
  • The final form video installation will consist of 12-18 channels of video (one from each of the six fully filmed international works in the series, each showing as a 2 or 3 channels) with six layers of audio.

New York City, New York, U.S.A.

by Sarah Cameron Sunde

Fieldwork and artistic collaboration: Dr. Kimingichi Wabende
Community Mobilizer: Wakili Mwatondo
Video support: Jordan  Muindi and others
Producing Team: Karishma Bhagani, Hellen Masido, Makena Magana, Deval Devani
Public relations: Anthony Gathu

Poetic interventions (The Human Clock): UKT Group, Kwale Arts, & members of the Bodo Community

Production support: Nabeel Dhanji, Martin Marani,  Winnie Musyoka, Natasha Muhoza, Zoë Friend, Hatim Hassanali, Beth Pride

Made possible with support from local partners:
UKT Group
Bodo Community
Fort Jesus Museum
University of Nairobi
House of Friends
Invoking the Pause
36.5 Advisory Team and 36.5 Individual Contributors

36.5 series music collaborator: Joshua Dumas