BYO in Space

As an artist I create works in various formats, but most often it involves sound or found objects.

My work frequently explores creative uses of sound storage mediums such as audio cassettes and vinyl records, often taking a highly experimental and playful approach. Presenting to audiences and listeners the unwanted, overlooked or decayed.

Other activities include recording and performing Noise Music under the alias Zebra Mu, and running the DIY record label Quagga Curious Sounds. Often Record label and Noise activities are closely tied in with my art practice.

I also form one half of the drawing/zine/mail art duo Ridge & Scrase, as well as being a member of the artist collective other/other/other.

For bookings or more information email: mike-ridge[AT]hotmail.co.uk

 

FORTHCOMING AND CURRENTLY WORKING ON

Stretch & Burn
Residency and exhibition held at Dove Street Studios project space
Hosted by Dyad Creative, Norwich, January – February 2018

Kurt Schwitters themed Mail Art Exhibition
Curated by Astrid Jahns, Germany (venue and date to be confirmed)
 

SOLO AND COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS

Pop-Up Solo Exhibition
Norwich DIY Record Fair, The Common Rooms, St Laurence’s Church, Norwich, 14 November 2015

Knit Loop and Grate
Other Worlds Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art, Abingdon Street Studios, Blackpool, 11th – 12th April 2015

Echoes of Movement
Ridge & Scrase exhibition and mini residency, Yallops Gallery, Norwich, 1st – 2nd June 2013

Cassette Works
Nunns Yard Gallery, Norwich, 22nd – 23rd June and 25th – 28th June 2012
 

RESIDENCIES

Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, various days between 3rd October 2015 – 3rd January 2016
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

Long Live the Art!
3rd International Mail Art Exhibition:
Curated by Tamara Jelaca, Droitwich Library, Droitwich Spa, 2nd – 31st August 2017

Listen.
Group Sound Art Exhibition, Studio 20, Norwich, 26th – 28th April 2017

The Balcony of the Best Exotic Geranium Hotel
Collaboration with Mark Smith (Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind) and Karl Foster
‘Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House’, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 4th March – 25th June 2017

Nightingale Sandpaper Loop #1 (Sample)
Audiograft Festival Jukebox, Oxford, 7th – 19th March 2017

Corrupted Video File (One Second Minimal Glitch Aesthetic Study), One Second DVD Glitch Loops and One Second / One Heartbeat
Leap Second Festival 2016, online exhibition/event, curated by Ars Publica/noemata and Browserbased Group, December 31st 2016 23:59:60 UTC

Turntable Cactus Needles
Streetlight Video Installation Series, Roman Susan Art Space, Chicago, USA, 5th – 30th December 2016

Water Damaged Tape Flow
‘WATER’ single channel video call curated by Crystal Heiden. Bridgeport Art Trail, Bridgeport CT, USA, 12 November 2016

God Save The Compressed Queen and The Crank (Acoustic Phonograph Version)
Lightworks 2016 Festival, Freeman St Flats, Grimsby, 15th October 2016

Urban Garden Survey (for Audio Cassette)
Sound Yard, Nature vs Nuture: Shaping the Urban Landscape, IKLECTIK Art Lab, London, July – August 2016

Every Rose Bush Has Its Thorn(s), Ice Cream (Cone) and The Lightly Salted Tortilla Chip I Heard In Tijuana Volume 3
An Evolving Thesis, online exhibition residency program, July – August 2016

Bocksbeutel Flexi
Mail Art Bocksbeutel, Viehmarktplatz in the building of Schreinerei Heinickel, Hammelburg, Germany, 4th June – 17th July 2016

Sound Art Breakfast Experience
[Live] Art Club, Egg Festival Café, Norwich Arts Centre, Monday 16th May 2016

Every Rose Bush Has Its Thorn(s) and God Save The Compressed Queen
‘Them’ Lemonade Gallery online exhibition and event, 22nd April & 3rd May 2016

Phonosheet Deconstruction
Cicada Consort Marathon: Music of the Living, by the Living, for the Living, University of Alabama, Moody Concert Hall and Recital Hall, USA, 26th March 2016

Trash Noise Music
TRAssshART exhibition #1, Post 21, The Netherlands 14th November 2015 – 26th January 2016

Rose Bird Thorn Song
Kinokophonography Night, British Library, London, 27th May, 2015

Disruption Postcard
Networked Disruption, Škuc gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 11th – April 3rd 2015

Malerwinkelhaus Collage
Malerwinkelhaus goes Mail Art, Museum Malerwinkelhaus, Marktbreit, Germany, 26th March – 1st November 2015

Musique Concrète Fan Three
New Works Exhibition, Yallops Gallery, Norwich, 25th – 28th March 2015

Focus Latin America: Art is our Last Hope (as Ridge & Scrase)
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA October 1 – November 2 2014
MonOrchid Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, December 5 2014 – January 12 2015

Micro Card Play
Kinokophonography Night, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, USA, September 8th 2014

Rebellious Edge: Postcards From The Edge, Juxtaposed Gallery, London
Ridge & Scrase and solo postcard submission, 8th – 17th August 2014

71 Second Solo Performance For VHS
In the Frame Exhibition #1, Yallops Gallery, Norwich, 7-11th July 2014

Solo for Voice, Body and Microcassette Recorder
Music, Embodiment and the Body, Sounds Sonic Festival, firstsite, Colchester, 2nd – 3rd November 2013

Tree Branch
Walking Wiltshires White Horses, Creative Wiltshire, 22nd – 26th August 2013

Scratched DVD
Lightworks Festival, Grimsby Minster, Abbey Walk Gallery and Gate Gallery, Grimsby, 15th March 2013

Sparkler
Audiograft Festival Jukebox, Oxford, 25th February – 3rd March 2013

Adam of your Labours
Sound Devices n.1, Rathmines Library, Dublin, Ireland, 28th January 2013

Strawberry Lace C1
Open Source, Soup Lab Gallery, Norwich, 18th – 26th January 2013

2 Minutes of Pink Noise
Humor; Analog Humor, Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, USA, 1st – 19th October 2012

Switch Off
Lightworks Festival, Grimsby Minster, Abbey Walk Gallery and Gate Gallery, Grimsby, 16th March 2012

A Weekend of Art That’s Difficult to Describe
Group exhibition with other/other/other, Unit 5 Gallery, Norwich, 30th-31st August 2008

A recording of the ambient sounds in this room was made…
Degree Show, Norwich School of Art & Design, 26th June – 2nd July 2008

Nothing on TV
The Nothing and the Nothingness: A Happening, Louise T Blouin Institute, London, 29th April 2008

Dripping Water
Selected Affinities, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, 1st – 21st May 2007

Superland
Bally 07, Bally Shoe Factory Site, Norwich, 12th – 17th May 2007

Auditory De/Construction Integration Programme
Collaboration with Holly Sutton, The Factory Show, Bally Shoe Factory Site, Norwich, 3rd – 11th June 2006
 

SOLO AND GROUP PERFORMANCES

Vinyl Pizza DJ Party!!
[Live] Art Club performance, Norwich Arts Centre, 14th May 2015

other/other/other Takeover
[Live] Art Club, Norwich Art Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 12th & 16th May 2014

Unspool and Bind
[Live] Art Club, Norwich Art Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 14th May 2014

Art Heroes
Borderline Festival, STEW Gallery, Norwich, other/other/other group performance, 24th June 2013

Bow/Rub/Pluck
[Live] Art Club, Norwich Art Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 15th May 2013

Fuse
other/other/other present first/site/night, firstsite, Colchester, 15th February 2013

Kleeep-A-Kleeep Present Songbook
Stew Gallery, Norwich, 22nd April 2012

Blind Date (collaboration with Kayla St Claire)
Included in A Moving Experience by other/other/other, Art in the Underbelly, The Rumsey Wells, Norwich 26th May 2011

A Good Clean Run
Commissioned by Invisible Dust, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and other/other/other, Norwich, 21st May 2011

Justified Procrastination
ShopArt!LIVE, Upper King Street, Norwich, 27th March 2011

The Comic Late Shift Sans
The Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 17th November 2010

Fizzy Drink
Now That’s What We Call Live Art, Norwich Arts Centre, 4th September 2010

Microphone/Drill and Listen In(ward)
Live/Art/Event, Norwich Arts Centre, 3rd July 2010

Longwinded in Five Parts (collaboration with Dot Howard and Holly Rumble)
FIRSTS 09, Royal Opera House, London, 20th – 21st November 2009

Unnoticed Audio
Live East, Norwich Castle Museum, 29th June 2009

Amplified Dustpan and Brush
Live East Launch, Norwich Arts Centre, 13th June 2009

Longwinded in Five Parts (collaboration with Dot Howard and Holly Rumble)
SPILL Festival National Platform, National Theatre Studios, London, 18th April 2009

Longwinded in Five Parts (collaboration with Dot Howard and Holly Rumble)
other/other/other Live Art Platform, Norwich Arts Centre, March 22nd 2009

Glass and Vaseline
other/other/other Live Art Platform, Norwich Arts Centre, 6th December 2008
 

EDUCATIONAL/TECHNICAL WORK:

Audio accompaniment for the 12 Towers Festival Digital Exhibition, curated by Lucy McNeill, 1 – 30 June 2017

Assist with providing visitor audio guides and interactive sound-based exhibits for the temporary exhibition programme at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery:
• Norwich Baby House based at Strangers’ Hall, 4 March – 25 June 2017
• ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons, 9 May – 6 September 2015
• Homage to Manet: 31 January – 19 April 2015
• John Wonnacott and John Lessore: The Life Room and the City October 2014 – January 2015

Small Story Soundscape – drop-in interactive sound workshop for families
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 4th April 2017

Lean on a Wall / Step on a Ball
Free Family Saturday, firstsite, Colchester, 13th September 2014

BLOW, performance and research project by artist Holly Bodmer
Providing technical, sound recording and creative support, March – May 2013

CAN09, Norwich Castle Museum
‘Instant Narrative’ performer and typist, 18th July – 4th October 2009
 

TV AND RADIO COVERAGE

Rude Tube – Welcome to 2017
New Five Pound Note Playing a 7″ Vinyl Single was featured in the top 100 list (at number 88!), Channel 4, 30th December 2017

ITV News Anglia
Interview and demonstration of playing vinyl records with a polymer £5 note and other objects, 12th October 2016
http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2016-10-12/norwich-mans-brilliant-trick-shows-how-the-new-5-note-can-play-vinyl-records/

BBC Radio Norfolk
Interview and demonstration of playing a vinyl record with a polymer £5 note, 12th October 2016

BBC Radio 3 – Late Junction
The Crank (Acoustic Phonograph Version), Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Future Radio 107.8, Norwich, 27th April 2014
In conservation with Susanne Anderson on Platform (Arts & Culture Show)
 

ONLINE MEDIA, PUBLICATIONS AND MISC

BRINK Sound Compilation
‘LIFE & DEATH’ USB stick and free download, July 2016
http://brinkcompilation.tumblr.com/

Found Home Recordings, Please Hold Magazine – Winter 2015 Home (online multimedia arts + literary magazine)
http://www.pleaseholdmagazine.com/michael-ridge-found-home-recordings.html

Enjoy the Other World of VHS and Music Tapes article by Anna Cryer in the Blackpool Gazette, 8th April 2015

A House Travels Around the World. The Malerwinkelhaus as a Historic Postcard View and Modern Mail Art Object by Simone Michel-von Dungern, Museum Malerwinkelhaus exhibition catalogue, Germany, 2015

Shiver, Drawing Paper #7 , Ridge & Scrase multimedia collaborative drawing submission, edition of 3000 copies, July 2014

Review of Zebra Mu Extinction Volume 4 was featured in Size Matters by Byron Coley, The Wire #331, September 2011
 

COLLECTIVES & COLLABORATORS:

‘Ridge & Scrase’
Co-founder, sonic art and drawing collaboration with interdisciplinary fine artist Elizabeth Scrase
Norwich, 2013 – present
http://scridge13.wordpress.com/

‘Other/Other/Other’
Norwich, member from 2008 – present
http://otherotherother.wordpress.com/
 

EDUCATION AND AWARDS:

2005-2008
BA (Hons) Fine Art New Media
Norwich School of Art and Design
8000 word dissertation titled “Circuit Bending and the Modification of Consumer Electronics Within Contemporary Music and Fine Art Practice”

2004-2005
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)
Norwich School of Art and Design

The Drawing Prize
Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) 2005

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