September 14, 2022: 7:27am – 8:06pm
12 hours, 39 minutes

36.5 / New York Estuary is the 9th and final work in the series, 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea, 2013 – present.

This culminating work in New York City is a large-scale event, involving hundreds of people standing in the water in NYC and around the world.  YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US!

You are invited to participate in all aspects of this work!  If you’d like to help sustain the project and play a role in making this final performance and video work happen, please be in touch and we’ll send you more information!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • A site-specific, community-engaged process: Sarah and NYC collaborators have been gathering at the water’s edge every month 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 on Vernon Blvd at 31st Ave, where Astoria meets Long Island City. 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.
  • Simultaneous international performances will take place at previous 36.5 locations: the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Aotearoa-New Zealand, with core collaborators organizing relay performances events at the sites where the project initially took place.
  • Livestream 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 performances 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 hours, 39 minutes) 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.
Summer/Fall 2022 EVENTS:
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 hosts “With the Sea” a panel discussion 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)
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/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
September 14 – January 23:
Outdoor Public Installation in the Schwartz Plaza Vitrines at New York University
October 1: Premiere screening of the durational video artwork, 36.5 / New York Estuary, onsite in community at The Cove (6:30pm – 10pm)
October 6: Standing with the Sea: Reflections on 36.5 with NYU scholars with projections on Bobst Library, organized by Una Chaudhuri (Recording here)
October 9:  In conversation with Macarena Gomez-Barris at the Park Avenue Armory Symposium: Art at Water’s Edge

36.5 / Process, New York City, USA
Saturday, September 5, 6:43 AM – 7:09 PM
Partners: Socrates Sculpture Park,
Works on Water, LMCC and NYU

September 5, 2020 was the originally scheduled date for 36.5 / New York Estuary. This date was postponed due to the pandemic. But in order to mark this moment, September 5, 2020 became a pivotal moment for the project. We presented a Virtual Event as a first step in kicking off the process at the site in New York City, live-streaming directly from The Cove in Queens for 12 hours and 26 minutes, with collaborators at previous sites around the world tuning in throughout the day. This hyper-local engagement grew into a long-term community-powered collective committed to stewardship: Kin to the Cove.

(3110 Vernon Blvd at 31st Ave)


NYC Presenting Partners
Works on Water
The Climate Museum
Arts Brookfield
Theater Mitu
New York University / The Skirball Center
Socrates Sculpture Park

Lead Artist: Sarah Cameron Sunde

Ongoing 36.5 collaborators
Graphic design: Frank Bloem
Composer for the video artworks: Joshua Dumas

Livestream Hosts
Manhattan: Arts Brookfield, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, Riverside Park Conservancy
Brooklyn: The Mercury Store
Bronx: Bronx River Art Center
Queens: RISE Rockaway
Staten Island: Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center
New Jersey: Resilience Adventures

Public venues beyond NYC
Arizona State University
Flux Projects
Haverford College
IDEO Headquarters
IE University Madrid, Spain
Northwest Film Forum
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Penn State University
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
University of Pennsylvania

Additional Programing / Support Partners
Ma’s House
The Watermill Center
Remote Theater
Astoria Film Festival
Arbert Santana Ballroom Freedom School
Clean Energy Leadership Institute Project
Minor Miracles
Penn State
NAP / New York Historical Society
Center for Earth Ethics

NYC collaborators
Co-curator, Works on Water: Emily Blumenfeld
Academic thought partner: Una Chaudhuri
Collaborating artist & cultural consultant: Tecumseh Ceaser
Producing team: Karishma Bhagani, Amanda Nesci, Maggie Harris, James Manzi
Kin to the Cove / community mobilization team: Christopher Bisram, Bella Gallo, Bruce “FUSE” McNeil, Beanca Christoper, Fernanda Omi Arias
NYC artist collaborators: Pamella Allen, René StewartPearce, moira williams, Elizabeth Velasquez, Gretchen Burger, Alexandra Aron, Gala Narezo, Lauren Helpern, Dave Washer, Michael Roberson, Danielle Hopson Begun
Kenya performance leads: Kimingichi Wabende, Wakili Mwatondo, Jordan Muindi 
Brazil performance leads: Clara Domingas, Vinicius de Jesus Sapucaia, PDR collectivo
Bangladesh performance leads: Nasir Ahammed, Sumana Aktar, Fahmida Sumi
Netherlands performance leads: Nils van Beek, Jonas de Witte
Livestream team: Denis Butkus and Attilio Rigotti for Theater Mitu
Film / documentation team: Erick Stoll, Joe Bender, Todd Leatherman, Saifud Wadud Helal, Jonathan Harrington, Iari Varialle
Photography: Jeremy Dennis
Visiting artists: Nora Almeida, sTo Len, Marie Lorenz, Carolyn Hall, Koyoltzintli
Production assistants: Hafsaatou Barry, Annie Zusin
Social media: Anna Musselmann 
Team sustenance: Lisseth Morin 
Lifeguard on duty: Eirik Viruet
Kin to the Cove / development support: Audrey di Mola, Christina Delfico, Garfield Miller, Basil Vasiliou
Production hub: Chateau le Woof
Key production support: Tara Grieco, Miranda Massie, Brett Wolfe, Maya Shah, John Del Gaudio, Audrey di Mola, Tyler Rai, Maridee Slater, Karen Kitchen, Jay House, Dara & Bill Schreiber, Cati Kalinoski
with special thanks to Queens Borough President’s Office, Vishal Thukral, SpaceTime, and everyone who has stopped by and been in conversation with us

Made possible with support from
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
MAP Fund
New York State Council on the Arts
Invoking the Pause
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council / Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Café Royal Cultural Foundation
Netherland-America Foundation
Citizens NYC Neighborhood Grant
Queens Council on the Arts
NYC Ferry
Hunter Boots
36.5 team, advisors, and individual contributors