A. E. Souzis

A.E. Souzis is a New York City-based writer and interdisciplinary artist. Through her writings and site-specific projects, she uses storytelling and technology to uncover or reimagine public space, alternative or underground histories and real-life networks of power. Her essays and fiction have been featured in publications including Urban Omnibus, Underwater New York and the book anthology Traveler’s Tales: Prague, and her walking tours and installations have been exhibited at Queens Museum, Transit Museum and Art in Odd Places festival, among other venues. She is also a member of /rive, an artist collective focusing on site-specific, locative projects that meet at the intersection of psychogeography, locative media and documentary narrative. 

During her time at the 2019 WoW/UNY project space, she will be developing an experimental climate change fiction walking tour of Governors’ Island. The tour, inspired by participants’ feedback from her 2018 WoW/UNY residency with /rive collective, will feature stories and drawings that explore future (watery) incarnations of New York City.

Christina Catanese

Christina Catanese works across the disciplines of dance, education, environmental science, and arts administration to inspire curiosity, empathy, and connection through creative encounters with nature. As an artist, she has participated in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Signal Fire, Works on Water, and SciArt Center, and has presented her work throughout Philadelphia and the region. As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in the nature center’s 340 acres of forests, fields, and gallery spaces. Attending University of Pennsylvania, she has a Masters in Applied Geosciences and a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science.

Photo by Robin Michals

Valerie Sullivan Fuchs

Valerie Sullivan Fuchs is a visual artist primarily working in video, video installation, creating new media video installations by using sustainable practices.  Her interest in science, technology and spirituality creates a tension in her landscape based works solar powered generating pieces, solar light boxes, and more recently hydroelectricity.  Her deep affection for the rural landscape, began on the sustainable farm she grew up on in Northern Kentucky, is reflected in artwork  of primarily landscapes and the relation we   produces a new way to think of the landscape of the land, emphasizes the unseen, invisible relationships of medium to nature and each other and how these attitudes and values affect the land. Fuchs’ artworks of landscapes In 01:02;08,  Fuchs filmed a nearby field of waving grass, then printed each frame and projected it back onto the stack of printed stills, disrupting the images of Fuchs is a Kentucky rural based/raised artist with artwork in major collections including 21c Museum, Louisville, & Revive Corporation, Laura Lee Brown & Steve Wilson and others. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including, Sweden, Estonia, Austria and California, and New York, NY.

For the 2019 Works on Water/Underwater New York Residency on Governors Island, I will continue to look at a different approach to energy, the unseen energy, manifested through intention and transference. I plan to focus on my ritual/performance aspect of my artwork, The Language of Water.  I was inspired by the Hidden Messages of Water, a book written by Masaru Emoto, about his research on the enigmatic nature of water. Emoto placed water in containers with negative and positive words written on them, which he would freeze, and then with a microscopic camera, record the crystalline structures. His findings demonstrated that positive words/phrases, like “thank you, gratitude” would produce a more perfect structure of the frozen water. Accordingly, negative words, like “fool” would produce imperfect structures.

Cory Tamler

During my residency, I will be developing water dramaturgy as an approach to performance-making and writing for performance, editing the output from a water dramaturgy-focused playwriting residency into a publication, and researching histories and narratives of the Penobscot River in Maine.

Cory Tamler (www.corytamler.com) has created and participated in research-based performance projects in the United States, Germany, and Serbia, and has worked with museums and companies including the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Civilians, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, James Gallery, Sprat Artistic Ensemble, Yinzerspielen, and the School of Making Thinking. A core artist with civic arts organization OpenWaters(Maine), Cory has written a play about small-scale farming and a book of performance scores based on migratory fish. Cory was a Fulbright Scholar (Berlin) and her academic and critical writing and translations have been published in The Mercurian, Studies in Musical Theatre, Asymptote, Culturebot, The Offing, Extended Play, Howlround, and SCENA. As a Ph.D. student in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY, she studieswaterdramaturgy andworksto connect physics and theatre as historically determined stories about the world. She teaches in the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and is a member of Commitment Experiment, an experimental performance collective in Brooklyn.

Willa Carroll

In residence October 2019

Willa Carroll is a writer and performer. Her first book, Nerve Chorus, was one of Entropy Magazine’s Best Poetry Books of 2018. A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she won Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ7 Poetry Prize and Narrative Magazine’s Third Annual Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Rumpus, Tin House, and many other publications. She received her MFA from Bennington College. Her videos have been featured in Narrative Outloud, Tuesday; An Art Project, Writers Resist, and elsewhere. Carroll has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including text-based projects with her filmmaker husband. She lives in NYC. willacarroll.com