KFB FRIDAYS | THIS FRIDAY
INGRID RUTHIG | TED LANDRUM | KOMI OLAF POETRY & ARCHITECTURE
In Conversation w/ Q&A led by ELSA LAM editor of Canadian Architect Magazine
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2ND
knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto
Doors 6:30 Poetry 7
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
TED LANDRUM’s debut book Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems (Signature Editions 2017) was shortlisted for the Lansdowne Poetry Prize. His writing has been published internationally in The Brooklyn Rail, CV2, On Site review, Lemon Hound, The American Society for Aesthetics, The Winnipeg Review, Katalog, the Winnipeg Free Press, Heartwood (a forthcoming anthology by League of Canadian Poets), and two books by Routledge: Quality Out of Control: Standards for Measuring Architecture (2010) and Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture (2017). Ted teaches architecture at the University of Manitoba, and is co-curator for Winnipeg’s annual Architecture + Design Film Festival (adff.ca). Between distractions he is building an open archive of “Archi-Poetry” research at ubuloca.com.
KOMI OLAF is an afro-futurist, visual artist, and spoken-word poet, who projects people of Africa and African descent into the future through visual art. After completing his Masters of Architecture at Carleton University, he began a career as an artist to find a balance between painting and poetry, as a form of expression to promote social critique, healthy dialogue, and creative thinking. Working in painting, performance and virtual reality, the often Utopian themes expressed in his work have in common the artist’s fascination with hybridity and the general intersectionality of culture and race through a technological lens. Born in Nigeria, Komi has a unique perspective of being an African living in the Diaspora, a conversation about image and identity that he continues to explore through his work. Visit komiolaf.com.
INGRID RUTHIG graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in the mid-1980s. After more than ten years of practice in Toronto and licensing with the Ontario Association of Architects, she retired from the profession to create in other media. Her award-winning work as a writer, poet, editor, and visual artist has appeared widely. Her recent books are This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), winner of the League of Canadian Poets 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and another volume with Guernica Editions, David Helwig: Essays on His Works. Her ongoing visual project tackling perception, Re|Visions, was first exhibited last fall. A 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, Ingrid lives in Ajax, Ontario. Visit ingridruthig.com for more.
ELSA LAM is the editor of Canadian Architect magazine. She trained in architecture at the University of Waterloo, obtained her post-professional Master of Architecture from McGill, and completed her PhD in Architectural History and Theory at Columbia University in New York City. She was the 2012 winner of the Phyllis Lambert Prize for writing in architecture, awarded for her doctoral dissertation “Wilderness Nation: Building Canada’s Railway Landscapes, 1885-1929,” completed at Columbia University in the City of New York under the supervision of Vittoria di Palma and Kenneth Frampton. She previously studied architectural history at McGill University and architectural design at the University of Waterloo.