PEAKS is a cumulative video project and performance installation in which Sarah Cameron Sunde and Joshua Dumas re-use the detritus of the built environment to construct brief cinematic moments of iconic vastness. Everyday materials (cork, tin foil, coffee grinds, paper) are sometimes unrecognizable in their transformation into surreal landscape. Peaks investigates our relationship to scale, to awe and beauty, to human ecological impact, and explores cycles of transformation, elevation and corruption.
16 PEAKS was developed as part of Sarah’s LMCC Workspace Residency, 2016-17. The next 20 “peaks” were developed in early 2018 in anticipation of a Princess Grace Work-in-Progress Residency Award to develop the large-scale video installation punctuated with live performance at Baryshnikov Arts Center in May, 2018. 36 PEAKS had two days of 6 hour performances (3 two-hour cycles each day) in the John Cage and Merce Cunningham Studio on May 23 and 24, 2018.
Dumas composed music for each of the PEAKS works. Click here to listen to a condensed and reworked version of a score composed for the May 2018 work-in-progress performance of “36 PEAKS” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. An artist talk Sarah completed with the Baryshnikov Arts Center regarding the project can be viewed here.
Feelings of both being a part of something and apart from everything. Helplessness and relief. Calmness and anxiety. – Jake Manabat
I didn’t leave. I stayed for the whole thing, simultaneously soothed and intrigued by the quiet, cumulative effect of the space and movement. Though I never looked at the time, I know that my pleasure in the experience heightened as it moved into the second hour. – Mina Samuels for MEDIUM
Thanks to support from the MAP Fund and Invoking the Pause, we are now up to 44 video “peaks” that are ready to be exhibited and look forward to the next opportunity to bring the performance element to life.
AND — Sunde is currently working on the next chapter, to-be-announced soon!
36 PEAKS (the performance installation) was conceived and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde based on ongoing video work called PEAKS by Sarah Cameron Sunde & Joshua Dumas, music/sound: Joshua Dumas, space/structure design: Anna Kiraly, video installation: Marianna de Nadal, lighting: Jorge Arroyo, assistant director: Kristin Kelly, performance score created in collaboration with and performed by: Burcin Ayebe, Oliver Burns, Lanxing Fu, Deborah Z. Maciel, Sophia Mak, and Irene Siegel.
This residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center is supported by a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Grant. The video work was originally created during Sunde’s residency at LMCC Workspace 2016-17. The video work can also be shown autonomously as 16 PEAKS (26 minutes) or as 36 PEAKS (55 minutes), single or multi-channel, looped.