Dorit Cypis – EXPERIMENTAL IMPULSE Interview (2011)

In this wide-ranging interview Dorit Cypis talks about the separate, but similar art educations offered by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and CalArts, the Downtown Los Angeles art scene of the mid to late 70s, and her inheritance of, and subsequent decision to develop Foundation for Art Resources (FAR) in the late 70s and into the 80s. She describes projects with artists like Jack Goldstein, Matt Mullican , and Louise Lawler, while talking about the importance of dialogue in her conception of what an artist-run art space can best offer. She ends the interview describing a protest she organized against The New Art Space conference staged by Robert Smith of LAICA in April 1978. This interview was conducted by Thomas Lawson and Aram Moshayedi in the artist’s Los Angeles studio on August 24, 2011. Camera and sound by Larissa Brantner James.