Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.
I make live performance and video works that play with scale and duration and engage the public directly. My work is an intimate encounter with our ephemeral nature, a fine line between complete abandon and utter control, action and stillness.
Time is my primary subject, both in content and form: I investigate ideas about temporality of place, create moments and live images to remind us of the ancient past and the distant future, and play with duration in order to expand individual and collective sensory experience.
I create interactive moments and situations that strive to stimulate dialogue between strangers and open new possibilities between the everyday and the existential.
Much of my process is informed by 17 years of practice as a theater-maker, director and translator. I believe in collaboration across disciplines, juxtaposing seemingly disparate materials, and letting narrative emerge. Since 2011, I have been experimenting with video and actively crossing formal boundaries, and become more and more rooted in communities, both local and global.