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Viewmaster at Sand Festival, Norway

September 30, 2015

Delighted to be heading to the sunny climes of Kristiansand, Norway for Sand Festival, where the words and music of Viewmaster will be setting up shop from 6-10 October. Hope to see you there!

VIEWMASTER is a personal and poetic slideshow created specifically for your eyes and ears only. In less than 15 minutes Ryan Van Winkle (poet) and Dan Gorman (sound artist) guide you through a playful and surreal journey to a land far far away.

VIEWMASTER is more than just a performance. It is a riveting experience that starts in a child-like cave, before it sweeps you away to another world. An imaginative leap to a foreign land and a step back to childhood wonder – all the time being accompanied by live music and poetry. A 15-minute private, supernatural and engulfing experience.

ViewMaster reviewed in Gutter Magazine

April 5, 2015

Very chuffed to have ViewMaster reviewed in February’s edition of Gutter magazine. The reviewer, named Black Sheep, found our work ‘meditative and haunting’ and wrote: ‘Together they produce emotive and sonic landscapes.’

”ViewMaster needs to be read as well as listened to…these poems come to life with Van Winkle’s rhythmic readings and Gorman’s ambient sound work. Emotive and sonic landscapes …. meditative and haunting’
— Gutter Magazine, Issue 12, February 2015

If that sounds up your boulevard, you can buy the ViewMaster album on our bandcamp page.

Viewmaster at Stanza Poetry Festival 2015

February 21, 2015

Just a quick reminder that Viewmaster will be live on location at StAnza Poetry Festival in just a few short days! Myself and Dan Gorman will bring words and sounds to you in person on Saturday 7 (11am-2pm; 3.30-6.30pm; 7-7.40pm) and Sunday 8 March (11am-2pm). Please do come and join us, StAnza is going to be awesome this year and we’d love to see you there.

Tickets cost an unbelievable £3, and can be booked here.

An imaginative leap to another country and a step back to the wonder of childhood. Ryan Van Winkle (poet) & Dan Gorman (sound artist) lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land in under 15 minutes. ViewMaster is more than just a performance. It is an immersive experience for an audience of one, for your eyes and ears only.

ViewMaster takes place in a specially designed set by artist Faith Eliott. You enter a child-like den reminiscent of playing in the house on rainy afternoons, before Dan and Ryan whisk you away 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. Dan Gorman and Ryan Van Winkle have worked together on successful audio and poetic collaborations for over a decade. Van Winkle says, ‘To me, this piece is as much about the power of play and imagination as it is a rumination about getting older, dying, nostalgia and the things we build, the things we leave behind.’

‘Magical, lo-fi & quirkily poetic’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘A jewel … an immersive, dreamlike experience.’ – All Edinburgh Theatre

‘… a delicious quarter of an hour that feels like you’ve slipped into a quiet oasis.’ – The List

Viewmaster at StAnza Poetry Festival

February 4, 2015

Delighted to announce that Viewmaster will be live on location at StAnza Poetry Festival this year! Myself and Dan Gorman will bring words and sounds to you in person on Saturday 7 (11am-2pm; 3.30-6.30pm; 7-7.40pm) and Sunday 8 March (11am-2pm). Please do come and join us, StAnza is going to be awesome this year and we’d love to see you there.

Tickets cost an unbelievable £3, and can be booked here.

An imaginative leap to another country and a step back to the wonder of childhood. Ryan Van Winkle (poet) & Dan Gorman (sound artist) lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal, journey to a distant land in under 15 minutes. ViewMaster is more than just a performance. It is an immersive experience for an audience of one, for your eyes and ears only.

ViewMaster takes place in a specially designed set by artist Faith Eliott. You enter a child-like den reminiscent of playing in the house on rainy afternoons, before Dan and Ryan whisk you away 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. Dan Gorman and Ryan Van Winkle have worked together on successful audio and poetic collaborations for over a decade. Van Winkle says, ‘To me, this piece is as much about the power of play and imagination as it is a rumination about getting older, dying, nostalgia and the things we build, the things we leave behind.’

‘Magical, lo-fi & quirkily poetic’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘A jewel … an immersive, dreamlike experience.’ – All Edinburgh Theatre

‘… a delicious quarter of an hour that feels like you’ve slipped into a quiet oasis.’ – The List

Viewmaster in Dumfries for the Big Burns Supper

January 7, 2015

Delighted to announce that Viewmaster will be live and reading to you in person at the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries! Myself and the super talented Dan Gorman will be reading and playing on Friday 30 (9-11am; 1-3.30pm) and Saturday 31 (7-9.15pm). It’s a 15 minute show, tickets are £5/£4 (conc), and you can book to avoid disappointment here.

Please Note: due to concerns about the suitability of Greyfriars Church, the performances will now be taking place in the Electric Theatre Workshop space. If you’re in town for the Big Supper, do come and join us.

ViewMaster is – a personal slideshow for your eyes and ears only. Poet Ryan Van Winkle and musician Dan Gorman lead you on a playful, sometimes surreal jounrey to a distant land and bring you back in under 15 minutes. 

Ryan Van Winkle is a 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 Edinburgh Fringe. 

Dan Gorman is a musician who has done field recordings in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Germany. 

Viewmaster at WROUGHT in Sheffield

October 6, 2014

Dan, a squeezebox, a child’s toy and myself will be heading to Sheffield this weekend (Sat-Sun 11-12 October) with Viewmaster for WROUGHT, an awesome 1-to-1 performance art festival. We’re running from 5-8pm Saturday evening and 2-5 Sunday afternoon, if you find yourself in Sheffield this weekend, do join us for some poems some music and a trip to your childhood.

WROUGHT: A One-to-One Performance Festival is a brand new performance festival exclusively focused on One-to-One performance in Sheffield. It takes place over a weekend between the 11-12 October in and around the Hide (Scotland Street, S3 7AA,https://goo.gl/maps/P0Lpc).

See our line-up of ARTISTS and PROGRAMME here: http://wrought-sheffield.com/artists/

For the TICKETS, follow this link: http://wrought-sheffield.eventbrite.com

FREE tickets for Saturday Evening Eventhttp://bit.ly/1E8ECga

FREE tickets for Sunday Post-Festival Panel Discussionhttp://bit.ly/YZiCUn

This 2-day festival features a variety of One-to-One performance pieces, a workshop led by artists, and a post-show discussion. We aim to bring artists, academics and audience together to create a vibrant platform for discussion.

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

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.

 

Viewmaster at the Southbank Centre

July 1, 2014

Our audio-visual spectacular Viewmaster will be running all day at the Southbank Centre on Thursday 17 July. Shows are selling out fast, not least because there is only one ticket each. Come along! It will be glorious.

An intimate poetry performance involving only you, a poet, a sound artist and a retro stereoscope.

Join poet Ryan Van Winkle and sound artist Dan Gorman in A Room for London, the boat moored on top of Queen Elizabeth Hall and one of the most exclusive places in London.

Ryan and Dan 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. His previous poetry / theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was one of the top ten best-rated shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012.

Dan Gorman is an electronic artist who has done field recording in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Teufelsberg, Germany. This Is Danseizure, his third record from Invisible Agent, is a journey through his life in electronica, skweee and electro.

Praise for previous show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel

‘Intimate and haunting’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
‘Simple, yearning and effective’ (Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out)

Please arrive at least five minutes before your allocated time to be met at Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office and guided to A Room for London.

12 noon – 3.40pm and 6pm – 9.40pm with individually timed entry every 20 minutes

A Room for London.

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