NYC-based interdisciplinary artist Sarah Cameron Sunde’s response to Hurricane Sandy, was to spend the last nine years traveling to tidal planes around the globe to create 36.5 / A Durational Performance with The Sea – a simple but profound time-based artwork where she stands in a tidal plane for a full cycle and invites the public to join.
Evolving organically, from one community’s invitation to the next, 36.5 has grown into a robust network of artists, activists, indigenous stewards, academics, and concerned/curious citizens in Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, The Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, and Aotearoa-New Zealand. On September 14, 2022, Sarah performed the final work in the East River, New York Estuary in Astoria, Queens, and this is the focus of our short film.
The story will interweave the planning and production process with Sarah’s reflections on creating 36.5 in her home city and tidal plane and lessons learned over the past nine years. We will also hear from her collaborators – those in Astoria and those who traveled from around the globe.
The style of the film will be grounded in behind the scenes footage and interviews, with Sarah as the main narrator. Visuals and audio of the city and East River will immerse the viewer in both the natural and built worlds. The durational performance footage will create interludes of stillness and reflection, inviting New Yorkers to reflect on their own precarious relationship with the sea.
– Gretchen Burger, Filmmaker
Highlights from 36.5 / New York Estuary:
Filmmaker: Gretchen Burger
Lead Artist: Sarah Cameron Sunde
Cinematographer: Erick Stoll
Additional NYC Camera Work: Saiful Wadud Helal, Joe, Bender, Todd Leatherman, Tray Tsui, Johnathan Harrington, Samantha Schutz, Cosmo Sweeney, Mark DiConzo
International/Previous 36.5 Locations Camera Work: Jordan Muindi, Mairi Gunn, Ian Powell, Guilherme Burgos, Jonas de Witte, Saiful Wadud Helal, Shahriar Shaon, Irina Patkanian & Gus Ford, Scott Brown, Maridee Slater
Composer / Sound Design: Joshua Dumas
Made possible with support from:
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Invoking the Pause
36.5 team, advisors, and individual contributors
You are invited to participate in all aspects of this work! If you’d like to help sustain the legacy of 36.5 and play a role in making this documentary happen, please be in touch and we’ll send you more information!