Kathleen Ritter is an artist and a writer. Working with sound, photography, video, and text, often in collaboration, her practice explores alternative histories, especially in relation to systems of power, language and technology. Her recent solo exhibitions took place at G Gallery, Toronto, and Battat Contemporary, Montréal (2014). In addition, Ritter has organized exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and published writing on the work of contemporary art and artists, including Mark Manders, Pierre Huyghe, Althea Thauberger, Colette Urban, Rachel Harrison, Derek Sullivan, and Ai Weiwei, to name a few, and on subjects as diverse as hip hop, precarious labour, public art, revolution and visual perception.
David Ritter is a musician and an artist, born in 1979 in Oshawa, Ontario. He is a founding member of the alternative country band The Strumbellas, whose song “Spirits” went #1 in several countries, including number one for three weeks on the Alternative charts in the United States. It was certified Double Platinum in Canada and Italy, and Gold in the USA, France, and Germany, while gaining over one-hundred million streams and over fourty million views on YouTube. Their album Hope debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Folk Albums Chart, #9 on the Alternative Chart, and #12 on the Rock Albums Chart. The band made their U.S. network television debuts on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and Conan with Conan O’Brien. They won a Juno for Single of the Year in 2016 and Roots and Traditional Album of the Year in 2014. This year they played festivals across North America and Europe including Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Firefly, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, the Newport Folk Festival, British Summer Time, Pilgrimage, Life Is Beautiful, and Austin City Limits. Before the breakout success of The Strumbellas, David was pursuing his PhD in English at the University of Toronto and was a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship. His dissertation was on character in 18th century history writing. His research interests include British and Canadian literature, historiography, the novel, and the intersection between sound and narrative.