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XI OPEN CITY Festival of Art in Public Space, Lublin, Poland
Showcasing contemporary art in urban space as an integral part of everyday urban reality. Hospitality versus Hostility in Lublin’s History and Contemporary Global Cultures
September 13 – October 12, 2019

Welcome the Stranger is created for the Open City Festival, Lublin, Poland, an ancient city with complex political and cultural histories. Welcome the Stranger is an urban installation, performance and social engagement project that reflects principles of sharing sustenance across all human need. Dorit Cypis and Louise Steinman are two artists, a visual artist and a writer, living in Los Angeles, USA, both with family roots in Poland’s Jewish community.

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The Sighted See the Surface (Studio), 2019

The Sighted See the Surface (Studio), is an 18-minute video documentation of the installation The Sighted See the Surface presented at Dorit Cypis’ studio.
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Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts
Kestner Gesellschaft | August 30 – November 19, 2019

Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts focuses on the legendary founding years (1970–1980) of the California Institute of the Arts, which has produced numerous well-known artists. This wide-ranging group exhibition presents a variety of perspectives on the school: parallel movements from the milieus of Conceptual Art, feminism, and Fluxus as well as the school’s radical pedagogical concepts will be brought together for the first time.
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The Art of Direct Action: Social Sculpture and Beyond, 2019

Karen van den Berg, Cara M. Jordan, Philipp Kleinmichel (Eds.)

Texts by Karen van den Berg, Mary Jane Jacob, Cara M. Jordan, Grant Kester, Philipp Kleinmichel, Kuda Production, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Dan Peterman, Rainer Rappmann, Pedro Reyes, John Roberts, Gregory Sholette, Caroline Tisdall, Anton Vidokle, Caroline Woolard

One of the most significant shifts in contemporary art during the past two decades concerns artists and collectives who have moved their artistic focus from representation to direct social action.
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Peoples Lab: Basics Workshop
LATELY | August 21, 2019

Does conflict in your personal life seem chronic? Do disagreements in your professional life feel irreconcilable? Whether you’re looking to sharpen individual or collaborative capacities, Dorit Cypis’ Peoples Lab offers practical and adaptive tools designed to uncover social and psychological blind spots. By fostering honest relations between people while building self-knowledge and communication skills, the Lab realigns thinking and opens space for new collective action.
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The Winter Office: The Social Territories of a Warming World #2
with Andrew McNeely & Dorit Cypis

Armory Center for the Arts | July 27, 2019

Please join The Winter Office for the second in a series of public conversations on non-ideal theories of art, collaborative design, and spatial justice in the 21st century city. In the center of The Winter Office's current Armory exhibition is a working Podcast studio that functions as a public speaking and listening environment where new, urgent models for dwelling and housing can be imagined in conversation. These public conversations will be recorded and produced as a podcast series entitled The Social Territories of a Warming World. This conversation series is moderated by The Winter Office, in collaboration with the Armory and 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, where a second version of this Podcast studio will be installed in August.
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Community Corporation Santa Monica:
Tools of Engagement Training

Resident Council of Community Corporation Santa Monica
January-July 2019

I got to know these terrific folks mentoring them in collaborative group dynamics through my Tools of Engagement. They are members of the Resident Council of Community Corporation Santa Monica - committed to leading their fellow residents in building strong, healthy, safe communities, while advocating for affordable housing locally and nationally.
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Close Your Eyes If You Want to See
Santa Monica Prefecture | April 1 – July 6, 2019

Santa Monica Prefecture is pleased to present a new work by artist Dorit Cypis, Close Your Eyes If You Want to See, a social sculpture exploring relationships between psychological, physical and social aspects of identity and social relations. Clear, fearless, and piercing, Dorit’s work emphasizes critical social engagement, never falling into reaction, or outrage.
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One Another: Identity, Difference + Conflict
NAVEL | April 17, 2019

Dorit Cypis presents a ten-act interactive presentation on identity, difference and conflict – key themes in the upcoming collaborative research project, One Another. Here, interested audience members will be invited to apply to participate in the seven month process, where, if selected, they will progress through several rounds of rigorous collective inquiry and self-examination.
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Mandarin Plaza Pop Up
March 30-31, 2019

“On Captiva Island, I would ride an old bicycle a few times a day from the Gulf side to the Bay side - over a mile-long dirt road that meandered through tropical jungle. Wanting to understand where I was, I often left the road to walk amongst the unfamiliar flora and remember clearly the exact moment I recognized that the largest of the trees had grown huge endless limbs around other trees...suffocating them!"
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WORD 2018-2019: The Bruce Geller Memorial Prize
March 2019

The 2018-2019 Word Grant: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize, a project of American Jewish University’s Institute for Jewish Creativity, supports artists creating projects that explore Jewish ideas, themes, tradition, history, and identity. We believe in supporting a contemporary, vibrant, Jewish cultural landscape in Los Angeles.
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Kulture Klub
February 14, 2019

2018 was a BIG year for Kulture Klub and we wanted to reach out and share some highlights.
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Arts Tune Up at Art Share LA
Arts Share LA | January 12, 2019

Calling artists in and around Los Angeles! Join us for a morning of networking and learning with the LA County Arts Commission. This Tune-Up will include an opportunity to participate in three 40-minute sessions on a variety of topics.
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NAVEL: Programming Committee Spring/Summer 2019 Announcement
NAVEL | November 26, 2018

NAVEL is proud to announce the programming committee for Spring/Summer 2019, elected by the collective via an open call. NAVEL welcomes Gloria Galvez, Jasmine Nyende, Dorit Cypis, Chris Tyler, Daleen Saah, and Yewande Pearse.
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Performance Scores and Instructions for the Midterm Elections
Hyperallergic | October 31, 2018

Edited by artists John Burtle and Elana Mann, the new book Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now? is an anthology of recent performance scores and instructions meant to blur the lines between spectator and participant. Featuring contributions from Carolina Caycedo, Dorit Cypis, Fallen Fruit, Udita Upadhyaya, and many others, the collected works engage with themes of political organizing and social responsibility, raising difficult questions like: “What societal roles should we follow or break? What constitutes political dissent? And what are the ramifications of our decisions to comply or revolt?”
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Peacebuilding through an Artist’s Perspective. Member Spotlight: Dorit Cypis
Mediators Beyond Borders | 2018

Dorit Cypis, an artist and conflict engagement consultant, is a founding member of MBBI as well as the founding chair of MBBI’s Middle East Initiative. With several awards, fellowships, and start-ups in her name, she has been expressing socio-cultural relationships and personal identity in an aesthetic way since her 20s.
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Simone Forti and Dorit Cypis in Conversation
X-TRA | October 10, 2018

This is the third X-TRA Forum, a series of programs using the 20-year archive of contemporary art quarterly X-TRA as a springboard. In 2004, X-TRA printed a conversation between Dorit and Simone, titled “Between the Conceptual and the Vibrational.” X-TRA is honored to bring the two back together to share another part of their ongoing conversation.
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Art Reminds Us: We Are Implicated in Each Other’s Lives, 2018

One of the things recent events at the Mexico/US border have shown us is the power of documentation: audio, video, and photos that indelibly show the human impact of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. While the viral response to news of separated families and children held in “tender age facilities” underscores the power of such practices, it also raises questions for those of us in the art world: What can art do that journalism can’t? If documentation can stop us in our tracks, is it art’s job to help us move beyond that, to process what we encounter in the media? Four artists weigh in: Natalia Almada, Jackie Amézquita, Dorit Cypis, and Ifrah Mansour.
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Untitled: a procession on the borders of something that has already shifted
Materials & Applications | September 29, 2018

Privacies Infrastructure features a choreographed project by Gwyneth Shanks and Sarah Lewis-Cappellari, which takes the form of a walking procession through private and public spaces in Echo Park, featuring presentations from special guests along the way.

The performative walking procession features Gwyneth Shanks, Sarah Lewis-Cappellari, Dorit Cypis, Loren Fenton, Dana Cuff, David Godshall, and Manuel Lopez, amongst others.
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Alternative Spaces: That was Then This is Now
LAXART | June 23, 2018

A discussion on the changing cultural and socio-political landscape undergirding the role of alternative art spaces over the past 40 years.
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