Dorit Cypis

Dorit Cypis

It is as an artist that Dorit Cypis arrives at Conflict Resolution. Her 25+year career in the arts, exploring the social, physical and psychological aspects of who we are, how we represent our-selves and how we relate to others, brings a breadth of knowledge, experience and subtle tools?to her conflict resolution practice. Foreign Exchanges, directed by Cypis, brings together the best of her professional practices as artist, mediator and educator. Cypis offers perceptual tools from aesthetics to recognize and decipher social context and identity, reflexive tools from the somatic arts for self-recognition and self-knowledge and communication and negotiation tools from mediation to creatively engage with and transform conflict.

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Articles and Video:

The Middle East: Without A Middle (12/27/10)
How can mediators expect to develop multicultural conflict engagement and transformation programs for Jews and Palestinians when there is no equity between them? On what can trust be based when the Israeli State continues to rupture the Palestinian identity and rob the Jewish Israeli of truly knowing his/her neighbour? Mediators are stymied by this reality but are also reticent to engage in advocacy strategies as they fear losing their “neutrality” status, but what else can we do?

The Spirit Of Proximity (02/02/09)
There is a spirited potential at the beginning of any new movement - be it a cultural revolution, new aesthetic awareness, or rebuilding a country after genocide or natural devastation. At the beginning there may be collaboration, support, and an ability to imagine change. Over time, this spirit may devolve into something completely unintended. Generosity and reciprocity may become fear based, protectionist, and adversarial. Where does the threshold between possibility and fear lie? How are these thresholds parallel within individuals?

Conflict, Mourning And Aesthetics (What Happens When History Does Not Pass?) (01/21/08)
Aesthetics, the philosophy of questioning the integrity of form, offers brilliant tools for how to see, question, disassemble, reform, reframe, speculate and unknow. Aesthetics thrives on conceptual, formal, structural, perceptual and experiential conflict, needing to undo in order to see anew, displace in order to revise meaning, obscure in order to seduce, rupture in order to reveal the sublime....all this intentionally in the name of change. Aesthetics does not distinguish in value between chaos and order, form and formlessness, meaning and nonsense and as such can easily find its way around and between the disruptions, internal and external, psychological and political, of conflict.