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How do we broaden our sense of what matters in conflict?

The Dis/Agreement Project is a practice of humanization

through 47 snapshots of attention.

Hear more on the project from director Dana Caspersen:

00:00 / 03:24


Listen to snapshots of attention from 47 people from 11 countries:

00:00 / 17:55

Voices: Jumana Al Refai, Nour Barakeh, Dana Caspersen, Ani Javian, Èstêbán Mordecai, Jacquey Nyminde, Jakevis Thomason, Mengfan Wang



In the Dis/Agreement Project, ten artists engaged in spoken and physical conversations with people with whom they agreed and disagreed, with the goal of broadening their sense of what matters in times of conflict.


Mengfan Wang (China / Japan), Jakevis Thomason (South Carolina, United States), Valerie Oliveiro (Mni Sota Makoce United States, Singapore), Jacquey Nyaminde (Nairobi, Kenya), Ani Javian (New Jersey, United States), Mayra Hernandez (Boston, United States), Dana Caspersen (Vermont/ Germany), Isaac Blake (UK Romani Gypsy), Nour Barakeh (Syria/ Austria), and Jumana Al Refai (Kuwait).


Please click images below for more information on the artists and their work.



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THE DIS/AGREEMENT PROJECT is a work from DANA CASPERSEN (Vermont / Germany) in collaboration with: MENGFAN WANG (China / Japan), JAKEVIS THOMASON (South Carolina, US), VALERIE OLIVEIRO (Mni Sóta Makoce, U.S. / Singapore), JACQUEY NYAMINDE (Nairobi, Kenya), ANI JAVIAN (New Jersey, US), MAYRA HERNANDEZ (Boston, US), NOUR BARAKEH (Syria / Austria), and JUMANA AL REFAI (Kuwait)


With many thanks to our conversation participants:

ZHIGUANG, Beijing, China

YASSINE, Lebanon

XIAXIN, Jinshandian, China

WILLIAM, Boston, U.S.

THOMAS, Brooklyn, New York

TERESA, Rhode Island, U.S.

TAKESHA, South Carolina, U.S.

SIOBHAN, England

SAMANTHA JOHN, Nairobi, Kenya

SALLY, UK Romani Gypsy

RYAN, South Carolina, U.S.

RIZWAN, New Jersey, U.S.

RAJA, Brooklyn, New York

QING, Qingdao, China 

QAMAR, Mni Sóta Makoce

ONESHIA, South Carolina

OLIVER, Boston, U.S.


MICHELLE, New Jersey, U.S.

MELVIN, Nairobi, Kenya

MARTIN, Austria

MARIAM, Kuwait

MARCELA, Mni Sóta Makoce (Minneapolis), U.S.

MAGNUS, Rhode Island, U.S.

LACEY, South Carolina, U.S.


JACQUEY, Nairobi, Kenya

IVAN, Croatia

ISAAC, UK Romani Gypsy

IDDI, Nairobi, Kenya


HADEEL, Kuwait

GUNDI Austria

ÈSTÊBÁN, Welsh Kali

BRIANNA, California

ANWAAR, Kuwait

ANTHONY, Nairobi, Kenya

ALLISON, Welsh Romani

ADRIANE, Boston, U.S.

Film editor: ADAM AGOSTINO (Los Angeles, US)

For more information on changing the conversation in conflict, please visit:


THE DIS/AGREEMENT PROJECT is supported by the Goethe Institutes of Boston & Chicago, the Dance Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, the State University of N.J., USA, the National Performance Netz-Stepping Out, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR, [aid program DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] of the Dachverband Tanz, Germany.

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