36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is an investigation of individual and collective vulnerability and resilience.” — Nicole Miller for Hyperallergic

Created by interdisciplinary artist Sarah Cameron Sunde in response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City, 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea (2013-present) is a site-specific participatory environmental artwork that features Sunde standing in ocean water for a full tidal cycle, 12-13 hours, as water slowly engulfs her body and then recedes.

Spanning nine years and six continents, this series of artworks has been created, performed, and exhibited in Maine, Mexico, San Francisco, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, and Aotearoa-New Zealand. 36.5 / New York Estuary is the 9th and final work in the series. After a three-year, hyper-local community-engagement process, the project culminates in the cove in the East River where Astoria meets Long Island City, Queens, with international satellite performances and livestream hubs around the globe. 36.5 is a radical call to reconsider our relationship to water as individuals, as communities, and as a species.

Co-presented with Works on Water and The Climate Museum


This performance takes place outdoors from 7:27 am – 8:06 pm. It is free and open to the public, no reservation needed.



Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance, video, and public art, investigating scale and duration in relation to the human body, the environment, and deep time. Her work is presented nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of two MAP Fund grants, a Princess Grace Award, and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship.


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NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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