36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea is a series of performances by New York-based artist Sarah Cameron Sunde, spanning six continents. The performance consists of Sunde standing in a bay for a full tidal cycle to generate conversations about sea-level rise. This will be the eighth and penultimate iteration of the work, and will be created here in the Manukau Harbour - Te Manukanukatanga o Hoturoa.

As the water engulfs Sunde’s body up to her chin and then recedes back down to her feet, the local community is invited to be involved in all aspects of making the work by joining Sunde in the water and marking the passing of the hours from the shore. It is a radical call to reconsider our relationship with water as individuals, as communities, and as a species. The performance is an investigation into our vulnerability as individuals and as a collective humanity. Here in Aotearoa, 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea finds itself responding specifically to this challenging moment. He Waka Eke Noa, we are all in this together.

Sunde has been in Tāmaki Makaurau since 5 March to research locations and connect with local communities, building a network of collaborators. Local cultural arts practitioners, Amiria Puia-Taylor (Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua, Ngaati Tiipa, Hamoa, Kuki Airani, Tahiti) and Nettie Norman (Ngāti Kuri, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whakahotu) will weave together the people of the Manukau. Puia-Taylor plans to stand with Sunde for the full duration.

The entire performance will be filmed in real-time from multiple perspectives in collaboration with local cinematographer Ian Powell, live-streamed around the world, turned into a durational video work of the same length as the performance, and shown as a multi-channel video installation in Te Uru, premiering within a week of the performance.

Presented by Te Uru and and AUT School of Art and Design as part of EcoFest West.

Sunday 29 March, 8.16am – 8.35pm - Postponed
Kaitarakihi Beach, Huia Rd, Tāmaki Makaurau