2922 Days focuses on an extra-ordinary episode that has all but disappeared from official histories; namely, the failed passage of 14 international cargo ships through the Suez Canal on 5 June 1967. Caught in the outbreak of the war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria, the European ships were only able to leave the canal in June 1975 when it finally re-opened. While stranded in the Great Bitter Lake in the middle of the Suez Canal for eight years the cold-war political allegiances of the crews from both sides of the iron curtain were dissolved and gave way to various forms of communal survival and the establishment of a social system. This involved the organization of their own Olympic Games in 1968 and the design and printing of postal stamps to send letters back home. 2922 Days is a time-capsule that imagines the microcosm of life in the Great Bitter Lake and connects it with what else was going on during this period across the world.
2922 Days re-mixes Orlow's works The Bitterlake Chronicles and Anatopism – both of which are part of the work-cycle The Short and the Long of It (2010–12).