Fillip

Fillip — News & Events

Kathleen Ritter: Gaslight
Ongoing Installation

Fillip is pleased to announce the installation of Gaslight, a new commissioned public work by artist Kathleen Ritter.

Installed at the northeast roofline of the Del Mar Inn at 555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Kathleen Ritter’s Gaslight is a neon sign of glowing block letters circled by the outline of a flickering gas flame. The work’s design is drawn from the title card for Thorold Dickinson’s 1940 film, Gaslight. Adapted from a popular 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton, Dickinson’s film describes a man who manipulates his wife into thinking she is losing her mind. The success of the film popularized the phrase “gaslighting” within psychoanalytic literature as a colloquialism for a form of abuse in which the victim is covertly manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception, judgment, and eventually, their sanity.

Within a current context fractured by a global public health crisis, the inequalities of late capitalism, the violence of systemic racism, and a looming catastrophic climate crisis, Ritter’s work urges us to investigate our relationship to structures of power and resist the cognitive dissonance of our current post-truth reality.

Accompanying text by Grace Ndiritu, “The Healing of America”
Documentation
About the Artist

Kathleen Ritter is a Canadian artist based in Paris. Her works takes an investigative approach to specific histories, institutions, and constructs of power, gender, language, and technology. By recontextualizing archival images, recorded media, and text, she draws connections between disparate fields, uncovering material from the past as a potential cipher for the present. Ritter was a resident at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2014. Recent exhibitions have taken place at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Open Studio and G Gallery, Toronto; and Battat Contemporary, Montréal. Her writing on contemporary art has appeared in ESSE, Prefix Photo, Fillip and The Brooklyn Rail as well as in numerous catalogues.

Acknowledgments

Kathleen Ritter’s Gaslight was commissioned by Fillip with the support of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program. The work will be supplemented by a text by Grace Ndiritu published later this month by Fillip on the occasion of the commission. Special thanks to Mike Riste, Marcia Belluce, Rob Shantz and UFOs Made Here, Benjamin Critton, and Rachel Topham.

Event History
2021
  1. Candice Hopkins
  2. Shannon Ebner: Stray World
  3. Project Series: Ian Wilson
  4. The Services Working Group
2020
  1. Moyra Davey: Two Hot Horses
  2. Kathleen Ritter: Gaslight
  3. Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
  4. E.S.P.: New Mineral Collective
  5. Means of Production: Sound, Silence, and Process with Guillermo Galindo & Raven Chacon
  6. Online Screening: Postmodern Times
  7. Means of Production: Community and the Work of Unworking with Am Johal
2019
  1. Means of Production: (In)consequential Thinking with Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross
  2. E.S.P.: BeDevil
  3. Launch: Supplement 5: Mr. Peanut Summit
  4. E.S.P.: Ecologies
  5. Reading Group: Rebecca La Marre in Conversation with Tiziana La Melia
  6. Reading Group: The Culture Game with Patrick Cruz
  7. David Reinfurt: A *New* Program for Graphic Design
  8. E.S.P.: Visible Language Workshop
  9. Means of Production: Value Systems with Sarah Williams
  10. Stagelessness with Grupa o.k.
  11. E.S.P.: Visual Fields
2018
  1. Means of Production: On the Difficult with Jaclyn Bruneau
  2. Means of Production: Living as an Artist with Eli Bornowsky
  3. Means of Production: W.A.G.E. with Andrea Fraser
  4. Kandis WIlliams: Reproduction is Not a Metaphor
  5. Andrea Fraser: Museums, Money and Politics
  6. Means of Production: How to Make a Book with Steidl
  7. Means of Production: Photography as Tool with Winfried Heininger
  8. Listening Group: VWAM
  9. Means of Production: Research with Mercedes Eng
  10. Means of Production: Criticism with Steffanie Ling
  11. Reading Group: A History of Resistance with Grace Ndiritu
  12. Means of Production: Printing with Brick Press
  13. Reading Group: On Kathy Acker
  14. Chris Kraus on Kathy Acker
2017
  1. Reading Group: Nathan Crompton on Utopias
  2. Reading Group: Antonia Pinter
  3. Listening Group: The Red Krayola
  4. Supplement Launch: Berlin
  5. V-Girls: The Question of Manet's Olympia
  6. Hotel Theory Reader: Vancouver Launch
2016
  1. Reading Group: Zanna Gilbert
  2. Mr. Peanut Summit
  3. Reading Group: Grant Arnold
  4. Reading Group: Martine Syms
2015
  1. John C. Welchman: Joseph Kosuth's The Second Investigation in Vancouver
  2. SWARM XVI: Fillip, Punk 'til You Punk
  3. Eternal Network
2014
  1. Christopher Régimbal on Institutions by Artists
  2. Fillip Office Open House!
  3. Fillip 19 Launch and Screening
  4. Screening: The Hart of London
  5. Triple Canopy
2013
  1. Slide Shows at X Marks the Bökship
  2. Institutions by Arists Launch at Et al.
  3. Intangible Economies at Artists Space
2012
  1. Institutions by Artists
  2. Institutions by Artists: Print Centre
  3. Intangible Economies at Art Berlin Contemporary
  4. Sumi Ink Club
  5. Grouper: Sleep
  6. Robert Ashley Speaking Thru Will Holder
  7. Fillip 16: Berlin Launch
  8. Fillip 16: Toronto Launch
  9. Pa/per View Art Book Fair
  10. It's a Book, It's a Stage, It's a Public Place
  11. Destroy All Monsters Screening
  12. Fillip at ARCO Experts Forum
2011
  1. Intangible Economies
  2. Quiz Night
  3. David Horvitz: Room 129
  4. Recent Publications
  5. Of Times Recent and Distant
  6. Secondary Information: The Persistence and Absence of Criticism
2010
  1. The AAAARG Library
  2. Everything is Dangerous
  3. Fillip 12 Now Available
  4. Unter dem Motto
  5. International Chilliwack Biennial
  6. Motto Storefront: Ooga Booga
  7. Motto Storefront: Working Format
  8. Motto Storefront: Metahaven
  9. Motto Storefront: Oscar Tuazon
  10. Motto Storefront: Andjeas Ejiksson
  11. Motto Storefront: Avalanche Launch and Screening
  12. Motto Storefront: Rob Giampietro
  13. Motto Storefront: Stuart Bailey
  14. Motto Storefront
  15. John C. Welchman on Paul McCarthy’s Pirate Project
  16. David Horvitz Artist Talk
  17. Ryan Trecartin: Screening and Artist Talk
  18. Mark Manders: Window with Fake Newspapers and Traducing Ruddle
  19. Getting Something Into One's Head
  20. Fillip Review Panel: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite, Anne Truitt, and Expanded Literary Practices
2009
  1. Autogestion Book Launch
  2. Antonia Hirsch at Space, London
  3. Silvia Kolbowski at Whitechapel Gallery
  4. Fillip Library and Reading Room Launch
  5. Fillip Summer Sale
  6. Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books
  7. Stockholm and Berlin Launches
  8. David Horvitz of ASDF
  9. Montréal Launch and Collaboration
  10. Issue Nine Vancouver Launch
  11. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
  12. Fillip Review Panel: February 2009
2008
  1. Vancouver Launch of Two Artist Multiples
  2. The Apartment Inhabits the Fillip Studio
  3. Nick Thurston of Information as Material
  4. Rotterdam Dialogues: The Critics
  5. Fillip Review Panel: October 2008
  6. Stuart Bailey of Dexter Sinister
  7. Next: Documentary Perspectives in Contemporary Art
  8. Paul Chan Screening
  9. Issue Seven Vancouver Launch & Talk
  10. 22nd KIOSK Exhibition in Rennes
2007
  1. Fillip at castillo/corrales, Paris
  2. Fillip at the New York Art Book Fair
  3. LA Launch and Talk
  4. A History of Tokyo Art Speak
  5. Issue Five Vancouver Launch
2006
  1. New York Art Book Fair
  2. Word on the Street
  3. The Invisible Reading Room
  4. Kiosk: Modes of Multiplication
2005
  1. Fillip Issue 1 Launch
Mailing ListSubscribe