36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013 – present) is a series of nine site-specific performance and video works created in locations across the world threatened by rising sea levels. The work began in 2013 in response to Hurricane Sandy, through the simple, poetic and personal act of standing in water for 12hrs 48mins while the tide rose and fell over on the artist's body. Over the course of seven years, 36.5 has grown into a series of large-scale site-specific performances and video works made in collaboration with local communities in each location: Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya.
The final two works in the series were scheduled to take place in 2020 (Aotearoa on March 29 and New York City on September 5), but have been postponed due to COVID-19 and will now take place in 2021. To mark the current (challenging) moment and build towards the culminating global works that will now happen in 2021, a tangential 36.5 VIRTUAL event will take place on September 5, 6:43am - 7:09pm (New York time).
This event will be a research and process-based work that is part of the overall series -- a way to keep 36.5 alive and invite online participation during this crazy time, to officially begin the process with the New York City site, and a concrete way to connect collaborators around the world.
Throughout the day, the event will be livestreamed from Hallet's Cove at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens (the NYC water where the participatory performance will eventually take place). Videos from global 36.5 works will be shared sporadically throughout the day -- imagine a multi-channel feed with various videos layered in slowly and sporadically. There will be a few talks, including a 90-minute Collaborator Conversation and a 90-minute Conversation with NYU faculty and students. Each hour that passes will be marked with a 5-10 minute performance, action, or simple report from the water from somewhere in the world.
We welcome you to check in on the Livestream of the event on Sept. 5th here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I-RIliHLvI.
36.5 / NYC Process -- a global/durational livestream event on September 5: 6:43am - 7:09pm (EST)
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change):
6:43am - livestream begins, focusing on the water
7:43am - report from Bangladesh (5:43pm Dhaka time) into TEST STAND to mark the second hour
8:43am - TEST STAND ends (report from NYC)
9:43am - report from Kenya (4:43pm local time) FOLLOWED BY SHORT TALKS around 10am
10:43am - report from Netherlands (3:43pm local time)
11:43am - TEST STAND in the water as we move towards HIGH TIDE (report from NYC)
12:43pm - report from Brazil (1:43pm local Salvador time)
1:30 - 3pm - COLLABORATOR CONVERSATION with international collaborators from around the world (starting at 7:30pm Netherlands / 8:30pm-10pm Kenya / 2:30 - 4pm Brazil / 11:30pm Bangladesh / 5:30am on Sept 6 Aotearoa) At 1:43pm and 2:43pm, we'll mark the passing hour briefly with all collaborators)
3:43pm - reports from Maine, Mexico, San Francisco
4 - 5:30pm - ACADEMIC PANEL with NYU faculty/students (moderated by Una Chaudhuri with Lori Cole, Elaine Gan, Nadja Millner-Larsen, Robin Nagle, Mauricio Salgado, Sonia Werner) at 4:43pm - we'll mark the passing of the hour with the Faculty/students.
5:43pm - report from Aotearoa (10:43am on September 6 local time)
6:43pm - TEST STAND as we approach low tide (report from NYC)
7:09pm - livestream ends, focusing on the water
The Gallatin Galleries will be exhibiting a video installation of Sunde's work beginning Sept. 4, 2020, more information on which can be found here.