Renée Ridgway

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Renée Ridgway is an artist, researcher and educator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since completing her studies in fine art at the Rhode Island School of Design, (BFA) and Piet Zwart Institute (MA), she has exhibited widely in the Netherlands and internationally (Manifesta8, P.S.1 MoMA Hotel New York, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum De Lakenhal, Gouda Museum, Conflux Festival, Hacking Habitat, Museum Beelden aan Zee), made numerous public presentations at various conferences and forums and taught at several universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Besides her work as a visual artist, Ridgway was a core tutor at the DAI (2009-2014) and developed Roaming Academy, a master's curriculum that addressed collaborative curation- investigating experimental and conceptual art practices under physical as well as virtual conditions. Ridgway is co-initiator and contributor to n.e.w.s., a collective online platform for the analysis and development of art-related activities.

As an artist Ridgway’s work incorporates a range of media in her installations: video, audio, texts, textile, drawings along with contributions and feedback from many of her collaborators. In 2010 for Manifesta8, together with Rick van Amersfoort she presented ‘Migrating Democrazy’, a 10-minute TV broadcast for Spanish TV that can be seen as a frenzied cartography on the perception of borders. Her ongoing ‘Beaver, Wampum, Hoes’ project- a series of mixed media installations and public interventions at various locations in and around NYC and the Netherlands in 2000-2018 focuses on the value of ‘cultural currencies’, in relation to the Dutch colonial past (US, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Suriname, etc.) and their contemporary repercussions. The most recent installment was ‘Wampum World’ at Albany Institute History & Art (2017) and the transmedia project here: ( Ridgway has completed residencies at Art3, Valence (1999), Hotel New York, P.S.1. MoMA (2000), European Atelier Programme, Weimar (2000), Künstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin (2003), Sculpture Space (2005), Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin (2008), Studio Lichtenberg, Berlin (2014-ongoing) while producing site-specific projects in Germany, China, France, U.S. Canada and India.

Ridgway’s most recent handheld publication, The Relevation of the Concealed, Politics (in)forms: Freedom of Information Act Results (WOB/FOIA) was launched during her solo exhibition exhibition and public intervention at Onomatopee January 20-April 7, 2012. The ‘special cover’ 64-page publication is available at Onomatopee, with contributions by Freek Lomme, Simon Ferdinando and Rick van Amersfoort.

July 2014 Ridgway embarked as a PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark in their Management, Philosophy and Politics department and as a research associate at Leuphana University's Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL) in Lüneburg, Germany. ( The coming years she will remain connected to the DAI as an advisor, friend and occasional guest lecturer. 

DAI-projects curated and tutored by Renée:

Negotiating Equity 2009/10
Negotiating Equity: Art After Space
Negotiating Equity: Archive, Database, Research
Roaming Academy / goes New York
Welcome to Econotopia - commons of the contemporary

Guest tutors at the DAI invited by Renée: 

Prayas Abhinav, Nancy Adajania, Reza Afisina & Ade Darmawan / ruangruppa, Anke Bangma, Tina Bastaijan, Brett Bloom /Temporary Services, Buro Jansen & Janssen, Cosmin Costinas, Geoff Cox, Alfredo Cramerotti, Neil Cummings & Marsha Bradfield/Critical Practice, Branka Curcic, TJ Demos, Simon Ferdinando, Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, Seda Gürses, Ni Haifeng, Yolande van der Heide, Brian Holmes, Ranjit Hoskote, Anthony Iles, Jakob Jakobsen, Jacqueline de Jong, Jubilee, Frans Willem Korsten, Saskia van der Kroef, Kristian Lukic, Nicolas Malevè, Alan Moore, Tone Nielsen, Paul O’Neill, Bram Posthumus, Raqs Media Collective, Denis Jaromil Rojo, Brigitte van der Sande, Nishant Shah, Olav Velthuis, Annelys de Vet, Dmitry Vilensky, Marina Vischmidt and Mick Wilson.