BYO in Space

Michael Ridge is a Sound and New Media Artist currently based in Norwich. He often examines the creative potential of inaudible and unwanted sounds in found objects. His work also encompasses refashioning sound storage mediums such as vinyl records and cassette tapes; with the intention of creating Fluxus/Dada influenced object, installation and performance works.

He also records and performs Noise Music under the name Zebra Mu, as well as run the DIY record label Quagga Curious Sounds. Often Record label and Noise activities are closely tied in with his art practice.

Michael is also 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 please contact: mike-ridge[AT]


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

Artist Residency at Dove Street Studios
Norwich, January 2017


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

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

Cassette Works, Nunns Yard Gallery, Norwich
An exhibition of work from 2011 – 2012, 22nd – 23rd June and 25th – 28th June 2012

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


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

Colchester Arts Centre Live Art Retreat, Ipswich


3rd International Mail Art Exhibition: ‘Long Live the Art!’
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
Dream House contribution to ‘Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House’
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 4th March – 25th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRAssshART exhibition #1 – An international mail-art exhibition
Post 21, The Netherlands 14th November 2015 – 26th January 2016

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

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

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

New Works Exhibition, Yallops Gallery, Norwich
‘Musique Concrète Fan Three’ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nothing and the Nothingness: A Happening, Louise T Blouin Institute, London
‘Nothing on TV’, 29th April 2008

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

Bally 07, Bally Shoe Factory Site, Norwich
‘Superland’ video installation, 12th – 17th May 2007

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art in the Underbelly, The Rumsey Wells, Norwich
‘Blind Date’ with Kayla St Claire, part of  ‘A Moving Experience’ by other/other/other, 26th May 2011

Invisible Dust (Alice Sharp)
‘A Good Clean Run’, with other/other/other, Norwich, 21st May 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other/other/other Live Art Platform, Norwich Arts Centre
‘Longwinded in Five Parts’ with Dot Howard and Holly Rumble, March 22nd 2009

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


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

When needed helping provide 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

Free Family Saturday, firstsite, Colchester
‘Lean on a Wall / Step on a Ball’ artist led family activity, 13th September 2014

‘BLOW’, performance and research project by artist Holly Bodmer
Sound artist, technical, recording and creative support, March – May 2013

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


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

ITV News Anglia
Interview and demonstration of playing vinyl records with a polymer £5 note and other objects, 12th October 2016

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)


BRINK Sound Compilation
‘LIFE & DEATH’ USB stick and free download, July 2016

Please Hold Magazine – Winter 2015 Home (online multimedia arts + literary magazine) ‘Found Home Recordings’

Anna Cryer “Enjoy the Other World of VHS and Music Tapes” Blackpool Gazette, 8th April 2015

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

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

Byron Coley “Size Matters’ The Wire #331, review of Zebra Mu Extinction Volume 4, September 2011


‘Ridge & Scrase’
Co-founder, sonic art and drawing collaboration with interdisciplinary fine artist Elizabeth Scrase
Norwich, 2013 – present

Norwich, member from 2008 – present


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”

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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