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ViewMaster at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tickets Now Available!

July 27, 2014

Our audio-visual extravaganza ViewMaster is now open for business. We’re running shows every fifteen minutes from 2-3.45pm and 6-7.45, on 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-24 August. Do join us in the cool marble corridors of Summerhall.

A personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. Ryan Van Winkle is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2012 his show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was one of the top ten best-rated shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Dan Gorman is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

Viewmaster Pamphlet Launch! With Jo Clifford and Stewed Rhubarb

July 26, 2014

Really excited to launch the Viewmaster pamphlet with the lovely people at Stewed Rhubarb Press. The launch is happening this Tuesday 29 July in Looking Glass Books (3 Porter’s Walk, EH3 9GG) at 6.30pm. The show is free, the pamphlet is £3 (you can buy physical or e-book copies here), and it would be awesome to see you there.

Stewed Rhubarb is unhealthy ecstatic to announce its publication of two new pamphlets: Jo Clifford’s “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven” and Ryan Van Winkle’s “ViewMaster”.

We’ll be celebrating with a launch party at Looking Glass Books. It’s FREE ENTRY, with a WINE RECEPTION and READINGS by the two authors.

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven – Jo Clifford

A candlelit, peaceful, meditative end to a hard day on the Fringe. The archbishop of Glasgow called this vision of a transgender Jesus ‘an affront to the Christian faith’. He never saw it. Listen to those who did: ‘Queen Jesus reminds us of the purity of sex and pleasure, the importance of empathy. We hold hands, and remember what it means not to be alone’. Jo Clifford’s revolutionary and spiritual work reaches the Fringe for the first time since its explosive and controversial 2009 opening. It promises to be very special.

ViewMaster – Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Gorman

A personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. Ryan Van Winkle is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2012 his show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was one of the top ten best-rated shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Dan Gorman is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany. Part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

Fuelled by ginger wine & late nights, Stewed Rhubarb Press specialises in publishing pamphlets & poetry by the best spoken word artists out there.

Event URL: http://stewedrhubarb.org/post/91489572391/stewedrhubarbpresentsryanvanwinkeandjoclifford

Ryan talks to The Skinny about Reel Festivals

July 9, 2014

This August Reel Festivals will return to the Unbound Series at the EIBF with our show Syria Speaks, a combination of song, dance and word from Syrian artists. In an interview with The Skinny we talk about finding the story beyond the headlines.

The nearest thing to a fatherland was a fatal accident inquiry

July 8, 2014

Guest interviewer Billy Liar talks with Deke from Gaelic punk band Oi Polloi. They discuss his decision to start singing in Gaelic – which involved having to learn it first – and some of the problems celebrating a minority language can sometimes unravel. Introduced by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions. We acknowledge the financial assistance of Creative Scotland. Culture Laser is moving over to SoundCloud – find us there.

Viewmaster at the Edinburgh Fringe

July 7, 2014

Excellent news! The pictures, words and music extravaganza ViewMaster will be showing in the magnificent Summerhall SIXTEEN TIMES per day, from 2-3.45pm and 6-7.45pm, every day from Friday 1 August – Sunday 24 August. Do come along.

Ryan Van Winkle (poet) Dan Gorman (sound artist) lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land in under 15 minutes. In a set designed by artist Faith Eliott, Dan & Ryan bring you on a unique visual-sonic-poetic journey to one of four destinations: Mecca, the River Nile, Holland or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. ViewMaster is more than just a performance; it is an immersive experience for an audience of one which starts in a child-like den and whisks you away to another world.

ViewMaster is a personal & poetic slideshow for your eyes and ears only. An imaginative leap to another country and a step back to the wonder of childhood.

 

Celebrating 30 Years of the Scottish Poetry Library

July 6, 2014

Delighted to be contributing to a Celebration of 30 Years of the Scottish Poetry Library at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Join us at the RBS Garden Theatre at 8.30pm on Sunday 17 August, it’ll be lovely.

Since 1984 the Scottish Poetry Library has celebrated poetry in all its forms. The last 30 years have seen a wonderful array of prize-winners, the birth of the Makar and poet laureate. To mark the 30th anniversay, Join founder Tessa Ransford along with poet Jen Hadfield and other friends, who read a selection of their own poems and favourites from the last three decades. Chaired by Robyn Marsack.

Theatre as Democracy

David Greig discusses his role curating the National Theatre of Scotland’s Great Yes, No, Don’t Know Five Minute Theatre Show which takes place from 5pm on Monday 23rd until 5pm on Tuesday 24th June at Five Minute Theatre and in venues across Scotland. “Theatre demands you have dialogue… that you have the other point of view contained in the work.” Among the many topics he discusses is how the growth of theatre grew in tandem with performance in Ancient Greek – and how the value in seeing the other person’s point of view that is intrinsic to democracy is shared by theatre. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions. With financial assistance from Creative Scotland.

Michael Schmidt and Peter Rose on the SPL Podcast

July 5, 2014

We talk with two poet editors on this episode: Michael Schmidt, founder, editor and director of Carcanet Books and editor of the PN Review, and Peter Rose, editor of the Australian Book Review. Both read us a selection of their poems and discuss their approach to editing and to writing. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Elemental at the Melbourne Planetarium

July 4, 2014

Delighted to have work featured in the Melbourne Planetarium‘s performance of Elemental. If you’re in the Melbourne area on Thursday 10 July, do check it out. It’ll be wonderful.

Since the dawn of time, poets have gazed up at the stars and pondered who we are and what it all means. Elemental is a unique performance that explores the universe through the eyes of artists. Taking place inside a planetarium, this show combines live music, poetry, surround sound and video, and the voice of UK scientist John Gribbin to explore the universe and ascribe meaning to our celestial experience.

Elemental is an immersive experience for the mind and body. Lie back in the comfort of a lounger as you lift off into space for your very own guided tour of the galaxy. This visual voyage through the heavens explores four different theories about how the universe began, taking you on a poetic journey through the Big Bang, the theory of everything, M theory and dark matter, accompanied by a soundtrack of live musicians and poetry readings.

Experimental musicians, poets and video artists make a spellbinding and unique exploration of quantum physics and cosmology, with a poetic twist.

In 2009 this show was a sell out at MIAF and is now with added exciting new works.

In Bendigo, there will be two shows on Friday July 18 at 6pm and 8pm at The Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Bendigo with the awesome Klare Lanson and Neil Boyack.

Tickets can be purchased through The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas website: http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/elemental1/

Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Scienceworks. With support from Arts Victoria.

Culture Laser Live in Berlin

July 3, 2014

We took Culture Laser on the road to Berlin, where we were the guests of the Altes Finanzamt and a live studio audience. Featuring Sholem Krishtalka, who discusses his fascinating A Berlin Diary which explores and documents his life in Berlin. Filmmaker Imogen Heath, co-founder of NowMomentNow, talks about her artistic practice and the film she showed to the audience in Berlin. And finally we feature Sticky Biscuits: Marc & Naomi play cute, nerdy & naughty tunes. And do donate to their Crowdfunding campaign. Plus from the Culture Laser Collective Band: The Hilarious Psycho-Acoustic Enterprise (Drock & Alex’s Hilarious Productions). Recorded by Dirk Markham, presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

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