Ritter, Kathleen | The Sound of North

Saturday, August 13th, 7:30PM in the KIAC Ballroom

As a starting point for a first trip north, Ritter will use the words of Glenn Gould,
spoken 50 years ago, and imagine what they would sound like if spoken today:

“I’ve long been intrigued by that incredible tapestry of tundra and taiga which
constitutes the Arctic and sub-Arctic of our country. I’ve read about it, written
about it, and even pulled up my parka once and gone there. Yet like all but a very
few Canadians I’ve had no real experience of the North. I’ve remained, of necessity,
an outsider. And the North has remained for me, a convenient place to dream
about, spin tall tales about, and, in the end, avoid.” — Glenn Gould, Introduction
to The Idea of North, 1967

Kathleen Ritter logging the outtakes for Glenn Gould’s Idea of North


Ritter is an artist and a curator. She was an artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies Program in Visual Arts, in 2013. Working with sound, photography, video, and text, often in collaboration, Ritter has exhibited her work across Canada. She was recently commissioned, along with composer James B. Maxwell, to develop a soundtrack for the international conference Institutions By Artists based on the minutes from the organizers’ board meetings.

Ritter was the Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery until 2012, where she curated the exhibitions How Soon Is Now; Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (with Tania Willard); WE: Vancouver (with Bruce Grenville); Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion (with Daina Augaitis); and commissioned public artworks for Offsite by Damian Moppett, Kota Ezawa, Elspeth Pratt, and Heather and Ivan Morison.
Kathleen Ritter and her brother, composer David Ritter, will be KIAC artists-in-residence December 2016.