NEWS
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.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
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.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

PUBLICATION
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.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
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.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
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.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

PUBLICATION
Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?, 2018

Golden Spike Press, 2018; edited by John Burtle and Elana Mann, is an anthology of recent performance scores, directions and instructions.

The pieces in the book follow a long historical tradition of artists who blurred art and life through performance scores, directions, and instructions such as Pauline Oliveros, Lygia Clark, Allan Kaprow, ACT UP, Fluxus, the Diggers, Saul Alinsky, belle hooks and many more that follow a long historical tradition of artists who blurred art and life.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Biomythography: Un-Panel Workshop
OVERTON HALL | January 28, 2018

Organized and facilitated by Dorit Cypis and Holly Tempo, this workshop trains participants in creating open dialogues and conflict resolution while addressing themes from the art exhibition Biomythography: Currency Exchange and the current political landscape, such as race relations, gentrification, identity, and empathy.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

PROJECT
The Future of Policing, 2015 – 2018 ongoing

Presented by Days of Dialogue, Institute for Non Violence Los Angeles, across Communities of Los Angeles City and County, Dorit Cypis is assisting The Future of Policing as a Dialogue Facilitator. Days of Dialogue is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to be a catalyst in the community problem solving process by creating dialogue on sensitive social issues among diverse community groups.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

PROJECT
To the Population, 2016

A safety vest protects the human chest and warns of danger. This vest is stuffed with “campaign” buttons asking questions of psycho-physical dimension. We pass people in need on the streets every day. What do we know of one another? How can we connect beyond our fear, towards empathy and reciprocity?
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Artist Lecture & Workshop
ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY | November 13 & 14, 2017

Dorit Cypis will conduct “Diversity Inside Out”, a workshop for students of the Art Department, St. Cloud State University. Aesthetic tools of performance (movement, gesture), drawing (tracing), spatial awareness, and creative critical thinking will be used to build skills of self-reflection, bias awareness, difference recognition, empathy, and reciprocity.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation
October 26, 2017

Livestream Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:05 PM (PDT)

At its core, the job of an actor is to reflect humanity. Or, as Natalie Portman succinctly put it, “An actor’s job is empathy.” For the performer, this means more than just walking in someone else’s shoes; it requires us to inhabit experiences and perspectives that could be completely alien to our own.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Hot Box: Smokin’ Ideas, Scoopin’ the Dish
THE BOX LA | July 22, 23, 29, 2017

Hot Box: Smokin’ Ideas, Scoopin’ the Dish is a multi-weekend event meant to inspire and evoke care for ourselves and our culture. Featuring Gina Lamb, Dorit Cypis, Barbara T. Smith, and Corazon del Sol.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Children + Families Affected by US Immigration Law Enforcement
CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE LOS ANGELES | July 14, 2017

An action oriented dialogue about how children and families are affected by American Immigration law enforcement.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Archaeology of Conflict: Meet the Resistance
July 22, 2017

A workshop offered by Dorit Cypis for people working with people.
Saturday July 22, 10AM – 4PM.

Chronic conflict can shift sustainably when the systemic roots are unearthed. Archaeology of Conflict: Meet the Resistance digs deep to question, critique, and engage conflicted relations between and within people, between and within social systems. As an artist, educator, mediator and social activator I offer an integration of aesthetic, perceptual, communication and participatory skills to reveal roots of psychosocial impasse in order to foster generative change personally and socially. I invite you to join me.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Dorit Cypis | Interviews from Yale University Radio WYBCX
MUSEUM OF NON VISIBLE ART | June 30, 2017

Interview with Dorit Cypis by Brainard Carey for Yale University Radio WYBCX.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Focus Group
CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY | May 20 – July 8, 2017

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present Focus Group, a group exhibition curated by Michael Shaw, with works by Dorit Cypis, Sandra de la Loza, Kate Hoffman, Amitis Motevalli, Scott Short, Suzanne Wright, and Samira Yamin.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

PUBLICATION
The Space of Conflict: Aesthetic Lessons for Mediators, 2016

Published in Handbook in Mediation, editor Alexia Georgakopoulos, Routledge Press, 2017


The Space of Conflict: Aesthetic Lessons for Mediators frames lessons on recognizing the knots of chronic conflict through considering the spatial nuances of human identity and social relations. As an artist and mediator I use the double lens of aesthetics and mediation to explore identity as psychic spaces within bodies and politicized spaces surrounding bodies that mirror, inform and extend each other. If we miss this reflexive relationship between internal and external spaces, we miss a large part of the story of human identity differences and what fuels conflict between and within people. My artist practice has always explored identity and social relations through aesthetic genres of performance, photography and social sculpture. I became a mediator to extend out from the...

Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
The Intersection of Immigration Law and Community Dialogue: Where Information Meets Community Conversation
MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS LOS ANGELES | April 15, 2017

In our current national climate of rapidly changing immigration laws we face historic issues relating to temporary, permanent and refugee migration to the U.S. We will provide information and tools to understand varying perspectives on these difficult issues.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
You may add or subtract from the work:
On the work of Christopher D’Arcangelo and Michael Asher

SCHINDLER HOUSE | March 23, 2017

With documents of works by Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo (including six films by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot with Stephen Antonakos, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Daniel Buren, Ben Kinmont, Naomi Spector, and Lawrence Weiner), and works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Silvia Kolbowski, Emilie Parendeau.
Posted By :
Comment :Off

NEWS
Undefeated: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue
THE MAIN MUSEUM | December 10, 2016

We are waking up post-election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. For this program, Dorit Cypis will guide participants through activities to help us confront discord together. We are undefeated if we are willing to move beyond fixed positions, explore skills to deeply recognize our differences, assess our bias, ask questions of one another and dialogue towards embodied change.
Posted By :
Comment :Off