We’re Just Going To Do It Anyway – Culture Laser

May 18, 2014

We spent a day at the fabulous Hidden Door Festival at the start of April and spoke with Dave Martin, one of the founders and organisers of the event as well as a number of the artists who took part. These include Harriette Yarrington talking about her turtle skull sculptures, Paddy Hare on improvisation, Alicja Pawluczuk on managing a cinema space and participatory video, Jenny Smith on her short film involving shadows in a monastery, Graeme Smith discussing his multimedia presentation involving 180 eggs labelled good and bad and Ed Stack on his ambitious Decagram event. Featuring music from BEDS and a track from Numbers Are Futile. Support Hidden Door by heading to their fundraising event on 17 May at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Ryan is Captured on Film at Hidden Door Camarade

April 5, 2014

If you missed fantastic performances at this week’s Hidden Door Festival, here is video evidence of my involvement. The entire Camarade event is available on SJ Fowler’s YouTube channel. Check it out.

Ryan Chairs Superational

March 31, 2014

I’ll be chairing a really exciting event for Superational, an excellent forum for artists to organise cross-genre collaborations, promote and distribute their work. The event is part of the Hidden Door Festival, and will preview some of the work Superational will be doing.

What: Superational Preview

Where: The Vaults, Market Street, Edinburgh

When: 6-7pm, Thursday 3 April

How Much: FREE, book tickets here.

Ryan and JO Morgan at Decagram, Hidden Door

Just a quick reminder that myself and JO Morgan, last seen collaborating on ‘All Signs’, will be joining Hiva Oa, Lipsync for a Lullabye and a line-up of super talented musicians, writers and visual artists for Decagram, part of DAY 7 (aka Thursday 3 April) of the Hidden Door Festival. It all kicks off at 7pm, see you there!

DECAGRAM is a transcendental fusion of contemporary, classical, post-rock, tribal, noise, dub and hip hop that will eat your brains.

The bill of highly contrasting music artists will collaborate at the transitions between sets, creating a seamless three hours of music set against a spectacular visual feast of short film, animation, improvised visuals, motion graphics and projection mapping.

Programmed by Ed Stack of Ten Tracks


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Ryan Opens Some Hidden Doors

March 12, 2014

Very pleased to be doing a couple of mega-events at the big Hidden Door Fest in Edinburgh. I totally love the spirit and brilliance of this event and there’s a ton of brilliant stuff to dig into so make sure to get yourself along.
Here’s where I’ll be appearing:
* THE HIDDEN DOOR CAMARADE PROJECT, in which I team up with awesome poet and artist Sarah Kelly and eight other pairs of poets to premiere original collaborative poetry. Saturday 29 March, 9-11pm.
* DECAGRAM where I’ll be doing a poem with JO Morgan and some mind-bending music and visuals. The whole event is going to be in the key of Major. More details hereThursday 3 April, 7pm.

Open the Door

January 12, 2010

I’ve been invited to take part in this massive 2 day art / music extravaganza at The Roxy in Edinburgh.

Check the Hidden Door site for details on everyone who is participating but, for my part, I’ll be doing an intimate poetry performance which will involve music from Ragland, hot tea (or port), biscuits and a live, one-on-one reading.

I am not going to try and describe what the performance will involve but it will take about 15 minutes and it will be unlike any other poetry reading you’ve ever been to.

That’s not to say it will be good — but it will be different. There will also be artwork, so you don’t have to look directly at me all the time.

Here’s the details on the rest of the Hidden Door experience. Do buy tickets now, there is going to be loads of amazing art and performances. The band list alone should have you psyched to come along. Pretty much everyone you know / everyone you want to know will be there. How can you not go?

Hidden Door is a new venture aimed at bringing together innovative artists from all disciplines to create an exciting multi-sensory snapshot and celebration of the incredible creativity in the arts going on across Edinburgh and Scotland, all around us, under one roof for a whole weekend in January.

Tickets cost £10 and you can get them HERE. If you buy them online the lovely people at have offered up 10 free MP3 downloads! Sweet deal and well worth it just for the music. Check it out!

Jan 30 & 31st at The Roxy Art House!