UNDEFEATED: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue

Undefeated: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 - 4:30 PM

We are waking up post election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. Artist 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. 

This workshop will explore:

  • Somatic reflection to ground
  • Movement through space to locate
  • Dynamic listening to hear difference
  • Bias awareness to recognize resistance
  • Dialogue to explore possibility


Dorit Cypis's work explores history, identity, and social relations through performance, photography, text, and social sculpture at diverse cultural contexts internationally. Her conflict engagement services and programs are offered for civic, cultural, and education groups.

Current projects include: The Sighted See the Surface, an artwork honoring artist Michael Asher; North East Youth Council, guiding local youth as leaders of community enhancement projects and expansion of police relations; The Future of Policing, dialogues between communities and police across Los Angeles; Race Talk, facilitated dialogues on race identity. Dorit is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, and past Chair, Middle East Initiative. She founded Kulture Klub Collaborative partnering artists and homeless youth to build expressions bridging survival and inspiration, and directed FAR, Foundation for Art Resources, partnering with private and public organizations to support cultural production in urban settings across LA.

Her essays have been published in art and mediation publications including most recently The Space of Conflict, Routledge Press. Dorit was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in 2014 as well as many previous awards. She earned a Masters of Fine Art, California Institute for the Arts, and Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University.