From October 8-15th MOBILITYSHIFTS ( the New School of Social Research in New York City initiated provocative conversations, original ideas, engaging performances, workshops and art projects about learning with digital media. DAI faculty Renée Ridgway attended the conference and gave a lecture for the panel 'Is there Hope?' (, organised together with Florian Cramer from the Hogeschool Rotterdam. Cramer and Ridgway were joined in Skype by Jakob Jakobsen from the 'Free University' in Copenhagen and together discussed experimental, critical forms of education within institutional academia and outside of it, along with potential Internet-based learning models. Ridgway presented historical models (Black Mountain College) as well as her present project 'Negotiating Equity' at DAI ( to map out concepts that combine networking and locality.

Ridgway continued her travels abroad as guest faculty at University of Washington School of Art ( and gave a public lecture on November 2, 2011 at Cornish College of the Arts, both located in Seattle, Washington.

Her works 'Amish Country' and 'Pennsylvania Dutch' were selected for the exhibition 'Ethnographic Terminalia: Montréal: field, studio, lab' ( at the Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art( in Montreal, Canada opening on November 15, 2011.

Ridgway's idea 'W.O.B.' was sold in the 'Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas' on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in the Van Abbemuseum, NL organised by Sarah Vanhee in cooperation with the Van Abbemuseum.