DELUGE Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence

As a part of Deluge we invited a group of artists to make work to explore public engagement with flooding in the summer of 2022.

Sabina Sethi Unni and Nikolas Michael are NYC-based urban planning graduate students, writers, and organizers who are passionate about community engagement around climate resiliency, from public art to advocacy toolkits to blog posts to participatory maps. As a team, they have co-created many environmental justice projects, like a participatory street map that incorporates flood data and interviews with Polish grandmothers, and a community based adaptation framework for post-disaster flooding and land management in NYC.


“Rainy Day Play” is a devised comedic show about flooding, climate resiliency, and community. Are you scared of the rain? What’s your first memory of flooding and water? How has your neighborhood’s environment already changed since you grew up? What’s a time you’ve leaned on a neighbor during a disaster?

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Maya Simone Z. is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and educator from the South. Their work centers queer, Black diasporic emotional and spiritual connections as told by their ancestral lineages, Afro-futurist imaginings, and dreams of this and other worlds. Maya Simone has worked with Sydnie L. Mosley, Jasmine Hearn, Lisa Fagan and others. They have developed works presented at Green Space, Corkscrew Theater Festival, Theater Mitu and more. Maya is also a More Art Fellow, an Art & Survival Fellow with Double Edge Theatre and BDAC, a member of PURPOSE Productions and serves on the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. They support multiple artists as an arts administrator and emerging producer. They are a constant dreamer.

Shinnosuke Komiya a.k.a Yamico is a multidisciplinary research-based technological Artist/Researcher/Designer/Educator born in Japan and based in NY. He explores cognitive human augmentation to stimulate human cognition from speculative perspectives. He questions perceptions of future technology and creates novel ways of seeing, without preconceived notions of the world. He aims to inspire audiences to look more carefully, discover beauty and ask questions of daily life. His works are experimental sculptures, installations, and performances that consist of web, immersive media, and hardware with physical objects. He is interested in the relationship between organic and inorganic such as natural phenomena and synthetic objects.

Nancy Nowacek is a research-based and socially engaged artist. She co-founded art collective Works on Water to support and grow the community of artists committed to advocacy for urban ecologies. She has been working in collaboration with the NYC Department of City Planning and Works on Water (2018-2022) to create outreach strategies in support of the 2020-2030 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. She helped lead these initiatives—Walking the Edge (2020) and Tending the Edge (2021)—and co-curated the Works on Water Triennial Video Show of water-based artworks from around the world (2020). She has created multiple works about the New York City waterways and climate change, including Key From the City (2021), and The Bridge (2012-2016).