After the initial three performances, the live performance had found its form and the decision was made to execute at least six more iterations in bodies of water off of six continents, including New York City.
With the 4th iteration in the Netherlands, the project found its form as an autonomous video work as well. The concept: film the entire performance in real time, edit as a slow durational video work of the same length, and then show a large-scale multi-channel video installation on location within two weeks of the performance.
Primary partnership with TAAK, the Dutch organization for art in public spaces in the Netherlands; formal residency with Satellietgroep to execute the project in the North Sea.
Funding from Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Netherlands America Foundation, Ten Cate, and over 75 individual sponsors; participation from local and national leaders in the field of water management and government;
Collaborated with Aziz Bekkaoui, a local fashion designer, on the costume and Jonas de Witte, a local cinematographer, to capture the entire 12 hour 46 minute performance in real time. Eight days after the performance took place, the durational video (12 hours, 46 minutes), was exhibited as a two-channel video installation in Amsterdam at four locations as a cultural part of SAIL Amsterdam: De Appel, Marineterrein, Oude Kerk + Pakhuis de Zwijger, August 19-23, 2015.
Major public participation (47 in the water, 55 in the movement phrase, several hundreds gathered to watch the final moments), major press attention in national publications. Over 5,000 people encountered the live performance and/or the video work.
36.5 / NORTH SEA, 2015, 3 MINUTE EXCERPT FROM 12 HOUR, 46 MINUTES (SPLIT-SCREEN TO REPRESENT 2 CHANNELS)
with TAAK + Satellietgroep
Nils van Beek & Jacqueline Heerema (curators)
Jonas de Witte (cinematographer)
John Del Gaudio (producer)