Born in Alberta (Canada), 1959Lives & works in Berlin (Germany) Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Don Ritter (b. 1959) is a Canadian artist and writer living in Berlin, Germany. Since 1986, his interactive video-sound installations and performances have been exhibited at festivals and museums throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including SITE Santa Fe(New Mexico), Images du Futur(Montréal), Metrònom(Barcelona), Ars Electronica(Linz), Sonambiente Sound Festival(Berlin), New Music America(New York City), and ArtFuture 2000(Taipei). His work has received support and recognition from the Canada Council, The Banff Centre(Canada), Pratt Institute(USA), ZKM(Germany),and Ars Electronica(Austria).
Ritter has collaborated with various musicians during interactive video performances, including George Lewis, Thomas Dimuzio, Ikue Mori, Trevor Tureski, and Tom Walsh. His interactive sound installation "Intersection," created in 1993, has been experienced by over 600,000 people in seven countries.
Ritter has degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology(University of Waterloo), Electronics Engineering Technology(Northern Alberta Institute of Technology), a Masters in Visual Studies(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and he studied film at Harvard University. His professors included artist Otto Piene, film maker Richard Leacock, and film theorist Vladimir Petric. Prior to his academic positions, Ritter was a telecommunications designer for Northern Telecom in Toronto and Ottawa. He has held tenured professorships in art and design at Concordia University(Montréal), and at Pratt Institute(New York City).