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Interdisciplinary artist and director, Sarah Cameron Sunde is currently raising funds for her seven-year, six-continent series of performance and video works, 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013 - present).

36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is a time-based art project that engages the public on personal, local, and global scales in conversations around deep time, embodied experience, and sea-level rise. Beginning in 2013 with a simple action -- standing in water for 12 hours, 48 minutes while the tide rose and fell on my body --has grown into a complex, collaborative, evolving series of works spanning seven years and six continents (locations so far: Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya). Each work in the series consists of a site-specific participatory live performance event lasting a full tidal cycle and a multi-channel video installation of the same length.

We are currently fundraising to complete the final three works in the series: Kenya (Fall 2019), Aotearoa-New Zealand (March 2021), and New York City (September 2021)! 

Please donate today to help make this project possible! 
In 2019, we raised $80,000. Our goal for 2020-2021, to make these works on the scale we are envisioning: $300,000. 

Specific immediate needs:
Finishing funds for the Kenya video work and the Aotearoa process video - $4000
Key collaborator stipends for Aotearoa (cinematographer, documentarian, community collaborators/organizers, producer) - $10,000 

Artist Statement 

I make live performances and video art works at the intersection of performance art, video art, and public art. Aiming to break down barriers between humans and the more-than-human world, my projects combine formal aesthetics of Land Art on a monumental scale, Performance Art on an individual body scale, and Video Art on a digital scale with Socially-Engaged Practice in relationship to contemporary environmental concerns

Time is my primary subject, both in content and form: I investigate ideas about “temporality of place” on local and global scales, create layered imagery that considers deep time, and work with duration and endurance. My work encourages audiences to slow down, have a sensory experience, and imagine new possibilities between the everyday and the existential while engaging within a community. 

Three ongoing bodies of work are: 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013-present) is a global series where I stand in a tidal bay for a full tidal cycle and invite the public to stand with me; ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space (2016 – present) is a site-specific hyper-local attempt to re-define the 21st century memorial as a temporal experience using projected video, oral tradition and community gatherings to investigate questions around changing space in an urban environment; PEAKS (2017-present) is a cumulative video work I am making with Joshua Dumas - we re-use everyday detritus to create a series of vast landscapes – to be shown consecutively, multi-channel, or three-dimensionally with performance activations.