The expeditions

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Curated works by artists in the exhibition and others, taking place at locations throughout New York City, from the Rockaways to Red Hook to the Harlem River. Artists include:

Rachel Parish

Rachel Stevens


Explore New York City waterways through the artists and artworks working around the edges.

The off-sites are produced by Emily Blumenfeld of Via Partnership

Participant Bios

Laura Arena is a multi-disciplinary artist, activist, designer and curator living in Brooklyn, New York. Arena has exhibited in galleries, festivals and participated in events in the North America, Europe, and in the Middle East. She has attended residencies and workshops in Greenland, Iceland, Romania, Hungary, Palestine, Turkey, Czech Republic and USA. Arena’s work includes photography, video, installation, writing and interventions with a focus on storytelling, human rights issues, game play, race and identity. Arena ran a Brooklyn art gallery called Lucky Gallery and currently runs a project space called DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] which hosts international artists and events.

Lise Brenner is an artist, writer, choreographer and dramaturg. Her location-specific interactive pieces spotlight the everyday sites where history, memory and meaning interact. Some NYC-based works: Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost, City from a Plant’s Perspective, Imagined History: Seneca Village, Vox Populi: Dutch Kills/Distributed Archive. Her work, in the form of dances, site-specific events, and an organization, has been supported by, among others, NURTUREart, Culture Push, Chance Ecologies, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYSCA Media Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance Theatre Workshop, iLAND art/iLAB, White Oak Foundation/Artward Bound, Netherland-America Foundation, Mondriaan Stichting, Harkness Foundation, Chance Ecologies. She is a Field Agent for Atlas Obscura.

Rachel Parish is a theatre director, installation artist, arts leader, and community organizer. With specialties in directing, devising and dramaturgy for new plays, her work has taken place in the UK, Ireland, China, Switzerland, the USA, Croatia, and Gabon, with support from organizations including Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Recent original stage productions include Manifesting Destiny and Hellscreen (London, 2015). Rachel’s work contains a close attention to visual design and often incorporates original live music and rich choreography. Rachel trained in London at the prestigious National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. She received her MA with distinction from the Central School of Speech and Drama and, in the USA she studied at the University of Georgia, with LaMama and the SITI Company, and is a graduate of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

Rachel currently splits her time between Atlanta, Georgia and London, England. In Atlanta, Rachel is directing the Little Five Arts Alive Placemaking initiative and teaching theater at Emory University. In the UK, she runs Firehouse Creative Productions and is a theatre consultant for the AHRC funded project, Theatre, Adaptation and Otherness, this summer at the Gate Theatre, London. She recently completed a year long Artist-in-Residence position at Duke University, co-creating an interactive installation engaging the University community in the constructive role of Failure in their lives. She is finalizing a multi-year project as Resident Artist at CUNY’s Dispute Resolution Centre working with members of the New York Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team and Poetic Theater in NYC, developing an arts-based empathy-training course for police officers.

Rachel Stevens is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. Her work addresses social, material and media ecologies, geographies and archives. Her work has been supported by residencies with iLAND, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. This summer she will be participating in Space, Place and the Humanities, a research institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stevens has exhibited and presented at conferences and festivals including: Socrates Sculpture Park in NYC, ISEA in New Mexico, i-docs in Bristol, and Visible Evidence in NYC and Toronto, and developed a public project commissioned for Paths to Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan. She writes on media art and visual culture for Millennium Film Journal and other publication and teaches in the Integrated Media Art MFA program at Hunter College.


Mariel Villeré is the Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants for Freshkills Park, where she develops new programs including a public art program for the site as it transitions from landfill to park. She holds a BA in Architecture from Barnard College and earned her Masters of Architecture Studies in the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2013. Mariel has held her current position with NYC Parks since January 2014 and continues independent projects at the intersection of architecture, art and urban studies as a researcher and designer.

Underwater New York is a digital journal of writing, art, and music inspired by the waterways that surround New York City and the objects submerged within them. By providing a prompt and platform for new creative work, and facilitating opportunities to engage with each other and the city itself, our mission is to help our audience envision the city in a new way, through the landscape of its sixth borough—its waterways.

Since our founding in 2009, we have published the work of more than 150 contributors, hosted events and excursions in all five boroughs, and collaborated with partners ranging from small galleries to established museums and institutions, bringing our arts, literary, and waterfront engagement programming to diverse audiences across New York City.