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36.5 / Akumal Bay, Mexico (2014)

where: Akumal, Mexico (research version)
when: February 15, 2014
2:40am – 2:40pm (exactly 12 hours and with a full moon!)

1) figure out what the action of the piece is when the tidal shift is less drastic
2) experiment with how the public interaction works

Each person I met in Akumal opened up a new part of the story with their take on water.
I tracked these discoveries on
The impact of humans on the environment can be witnessed every day in Akumal Bay.
Along with the rising tide, this became the story for this iteration.”

36.5 Akumal timelapse video from Sarah Cameron Sunde on Vimeo.

36.5 / Akumal (part 2)  was made possible with support from Akumal International Artist Residency, the artists there, and the entire community of Akumal, specifically: Kim Schultz, Scott Brown, Marieke White, Christie Sandvik, Magda Buszek, Karen Cantrell, Cesan d’Ornellas Levine, Julie Bray, Marti Johnston, Jacob van Oeveren, Paul Sanchez Navarro, Michael Stewart, Gimena Pantoja, Israel Gonzalez, Magdalena Gulda, Jonathan Ellerby, Natalie and Ivan Perez, Rosette Sullivan, Laura Wolfe, Desiree Asbury and everyone else in Akumal.

“While I loved this iteration for many reasons, I realized that moving forward,
it would be important to have at least 3 feet of tidal shift in order to make the visuals work.
I learned a lot about engaging the public and wanted to test out these ideas on a larger scale.
The place that made the most sense to do that? San Francisco Bay, the body of water closest to where I grew up.”