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PeoplesLab, 2020

PeoplesLab offers procedural, pragmatic and sensorial tools for change: meeting conflict with an adaptive process to revive trust between people; guiding recognition and understanding of differing perspectives; illuminating ways in which we may be caught in old structures, beliefs and habits; teaching communication and negotiation skills to bridge differences, and generate creative options for effective collaboration. In our era of severe cultural tension and...
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Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts, 2021

Philipp Kaiser, Christina Vegh,
Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany

The publication Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts, accompanies the exhibition of the same name presented at the Kestner Gesellschaft during 2019. The structure of this publication is astutely highlighted by the chapters Where Art Might Happen, an overview of the exhibition including 42 artists, as well as essays + oral histories in the following chapters Institutional...
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PeoplesLab: Transforming Corona into Possibility
Online | April 22 – May 10 2020

If the conflict between us is also within us, then this time of Corona isolation is an opportunity to focus WITHIN – to recognize our habits, biases, resistances and reactions; to witness, feel, assess and change.
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The Sighted See the Surface, 2020

LM Projects is pleased to announce its latest publication, The Sighted See the Surface, by artist Dorit Cypis

The Sighted See the Surface​ is an expansive project developed by Dorit Cypis over the course of seven years (2012-19). Sparked by the death of mentor and teacher Michael Asher, Cypis excavates her 40 year art practice by connecting disparate points from past to present while unearthing the complexities between sight and seeing, difference...
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Friendly Fire, Epoch Virtual, 2020
EPOCH Gallery | September 5 – October 23

Friendly Fire – Epoch Virtual explores how our internal landscapes may reveal traumas of social histories – trapping us into reactive behavior. Histories are embodied and refracted by us even as we may hold elevated social principals and values. How may we be wearing the ancient warrior coliseum as a collar around our necks? In the age of Covid-19 everything has shifted under and around us. It’s a new world order yet held by broken old world structures. How will we assess...
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The Color of Whiteness
Field Workshop: Action Projects,
2020
ICA Los Angeles | August 30, 2020

The Color of Whiteness was performed Sunday, August 30, in-person and over Zoom, by invitation-only and on site at ICA-LA. This event was created by Cypis and 7 previous participants of PeoplesLab: Identity, Race, Whiteness + Antiracism, a research/training/dialogue program Cypis developed in June 2020 following the tragic murder of George Floyd.
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Friendly Fire (a coronation)
a performance, video and Zoom event in 3 Acts

May 24, 2020

Everything has shifted under and around us. It’s a new world order with broken old world structures. We need to relocate our bodies spatially, temporally and socially. How do we assess conditions with new eyes, ears, minds and bodies to weave our ways towards developing generative models for who we want to be to ourselves and to one another?
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Come Closer, 2019

Come Closer is a triptych of prints intended to be challenging to read. The work asks the reader to take time, to focus carefully in following a flashlight beam across words that appear and disappear in shadow.
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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, which began as a tribute to artist Michael Asher whose practice shed light on power and consciousness, documents a mapping process of projected light across 11 photographs installed on a wall at the artist’s studio. The photographs perform as portals into events taking place between 1973 - 1977 and 2012 - 2016. Cypis’ process borrows from crime detective tropes connecting unlikely suspects, locations, intentions and expectations to chart a prism of...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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NEYC Hygiene Packs for Homeless People
June 2016

Grace, a core youth of NE Youth Council was voted in as new member of Cypress Park Neighborhood Council. NEYC are local youth bridging community and police by modeling generative social relations through street events - currently distributing Personal Hygiene packs to home-less folks in their neighborhoods. I've been working on developing this program past 2 years.
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Whose Bare Life (braille), 2015

Series of 18 prints, each unique
Photographs with visual braille in Silkscreen.
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A Brave New World (remix), 2011

Ghostly reflections of Hieronymus Bosch...Dante’s Inferno...Dawn of the Dead... interchangeably drifted through my mind when I first entered the tent city of Occupy Los Angeles, late October, 2011. The terrain of people was bare, raw, gritty, and utterly public. I’m an artist and a mediator. I chose to show up on site frequently over the next month offering engagement and conflict transformation skills to support their capacity to perform expressions of public outcry at our culture’s out of...
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Between the Conceptual and the Vibrational, 2003

Dorit Cypis speaking with Simone Forti

Simone Forti today, is the same woman I met many years ago, and so much more. Her work in dance, from the 1950's to today, 2004, spans the aesthetic movements of expressionism and minimalism and has branched much further into a mature hybrid of both, embracing a deep humanism of extraordinary focus to the details of life and death, which surrounds us daily.
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Sightlines, 2006

Sightlines, is an immersive environment where the viewer becomes partner to cross-historical and cross-cultural variables.
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