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.
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 which begins in a child-like den then whisks you away to another world. It is an immersive piece aided by the set-design of Faith Eliott and, of course, our trusty vintage view-master. ViewMaster has been performed at the Ausform Festival in Bristol (2013), The Forest Fringe (2013), Poetry International at the Southbank Centre (2014) and Summerhall as part of the Made in Scotland Fringe programme (2014).The creators would like to thank the generous support of Creative Scotland, Ausform, the Forest Fringe and Summerhall. Ryan Van Winkle returns to Summerhall following his acclaimed 2012 Fringe success ‘Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel’ – one of the year’s top ten best-rated shows. He is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries. In 2013 he was named one of Canongate’s ‘Future 40’ – a list of Scottish artists who may define the next four decades.
“…a landmark production for poetry in performance.”
Charlotte Runcie on ‘Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel’, The List
Dan Gorman is an electronic artist who has done field recording in Afghanistan, Syria and an abandoned military base in Teufelsberg, Germany. His work uses collected sounds in unexpected ways. He has released three albums on Invisible Agent records and has had music featured as soundtracks to Al Jazeera documentaries.
Set Design designed by Faith Eliott
Dramaturgy by Deborah Pearson
Print Quality Photos: http://bit.ly/ViewMasterHiRes
Contact: Ryan Van Winkle
Ryan Van Winkle is a pioneer of spellbinding one-on-one poetry readings that are akin to stepping inside your own poetic art installation. — Charlotte Runcie, The List
‘an impressively immersive experience.’ – BBC News
‘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
‘There’s a swelling melancholy, a yearning for something just out of reach, that that creeps in. It’s a strangely calming experience…. You leave reminded that who you are is often where you’ve been.’ – Exeunt
‘A short but sweet private transcendental fifteen minutes…’ – Mumblewords
Performer / Company Biography
ViewMaster takes place in a specially designed set by artist Faith Eliott. After entering a child-like den reminiscent of playing in the house on rainy afternoons, Dan & 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. Van Winkle says, ‘To me, the 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.’
ViewMaster has been performed at the Ausform Festival in Bristol (2013), The Forest Fringe (2013), Poetry International at the Southbank Centre (2014) and Summerhall as part of the Made in Scotland Fringe programme (2014).
Dan Gorman and Ryan Van Winkle have worked together on successful audio and poetic collaborations for over a decade. With Highlight Arts they have led successful workshops and festivals in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Bosnia and throughout the UK. Highlight Arts works in regions of conflict to promote art, culture and understanding. The duo first met while working in Edinburgh’s Forest Arts Collective which spawned the highly-lauded Forest Fringe. Both remain core members of The Forest and Gorman has gone on to run the Roxy Art House. As an artist Gorman has performed in Berlin, Damascus, Edinburgh, Cluj Napolca and London. His work uses collected audio in unexpected ways, building ambient atmospheres from familiar sounds. He has released three full length LPs on Invisible Agent records and had music featured as soundtracks to AlJazeera documentaries.
Van Winkle is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following an extended run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first ever Reader in Residence. His work is focused on finding new ways for audiences to engage with poetry. His poems have appeared in literary magazines and newspapers throughout the world including The American Poetry Review, The Prairie Schooner, New Writing Scotland, The Scotsman, Poetry New Zealand and more. In 2012 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship which allowed him to live and work in France for a month. In 2013 he was named one of Cannongate’s ‘Future 40’ — a list of Scottish artists who may define the next four decades. His performance at the Southbank Centre in 2012 led to a feature in the Sunday Observer.
To re-create the ViewMaster experience at home you can purchase the book, audio and visuals from the performance. While the live performance cannot be replicated we hope the combination of audio and images along side the physical book will allow you to sample the experience at home. Published byStewed Rhubarb & Invisible Agent records.