36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (MAP 2019)



36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is a series of site-specific participatory performances and video artworks, spanning seven years and six continents. Sarah stands in ocean water for a full tidal cycle (12-13 hours) as the water rises up to her chin, then recedes to her feet; the public participates in all aspects of creating this work. The entire performance is filmed in realtime; then turned into a multi-channel video installation/exhibition that premieres on location within a week of the performance. 36.5 generates personal, local, and global conversations about deep time and sea-level rise. It is a radical call to reconsider our relationship with water – as individuals, communities, and as a species.

The series began as a response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City in 2012. For each work, Sarah travels to a location threatened by sea-level rise and builds the project organically with local partners and artists, asking: “What is your relationship to the sea?”

To date, six works have been created in collaboration with communities around the world in Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Brazil. Three new works will complete the cycle in Kenya, New Zealand, and New York City.

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