September 14, 2022: 7:27am – 8:06pm
12 hours, 29 minutes

Originally scheduled for:
September 5, 2020: 6:43am – 7:09pm
Postponed due to COVID-19

The culminating work in New York City will be a large-scale event and will involve hundreds of people standing in the water in NYC while re-enactments happen in all previous locations around the world.  Now with this extra time, the project is pivoting and going deeper into the research and connecting with the site. An overview of what we are building:


  • 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.
Sunde does a test stand in Hallet's Cove as the sun sets over the city
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 turned into a Virtual Event as a first step in kicking off the process at the site in New York City. we live-streamed directly from the Cove at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens for 12 hours and 26 minutes, with collaborators at previous sites around the world tuning in throughout the day. Check out documentation of the livestream here.

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