Culture Laser: Shot at dawn

January 9, 2015

Ryan talks with Chloe Dewe Mathews about her moving photography project Shot at Dawn which focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. You can see it at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and Tate Modern in London. More info at: Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser We acknowledge the financial support of Creative Scotland for our 2014 season.

Culture Laser: This is How we Die

November 7, 2014

Christopher Brett Bailey discusses his unique show This Is How We Die, a motor-mouthed collage of spoken word and storytelling. tales of paranoia, young love and ultra-violence. He talks about the origin of the project, why it eschews easy narrative and we get the chance to hear a few excepts from the show.
Find out more about Christopher on his website: christopherbrettbailey.comPresented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaserTheme by Mikel Krumins. We acknowledge the financial assistance of Creative Scotland in the production of this podcast.

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.

Most Things That Move Can Paint – Culture Laser

May 17, 2014

Artist Sarah Roberts uses living organisms to create her art works. She talks about how she gets ‘other organisms to join in with me… Most things that move can paint. Don’t believe what your art teacher told you.’ We also feature Ewen Maclean of jazz outfit Algorhythmical. He talks about their debut Impending Joy. Presented by Ryan Van Winkle and produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.

Jim Haynes talks to Deborah Pearson on the Culture Laser

December 18, 2013

Deborah Pearson sits down with Jim Haynes in his Paris apartment where they discuss his long and eventful life. A founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, a pioneer of social networking and a real festivals junky, Jim is an amazing man – he admits in the interview that he’s basically acted on every idea he’s ever had. We also feature the track ‘When I Come Home’ by Behm MacRae. Jim Haynes interview edited by Deborah Pearson.

You Are The King

December 14, 2013

Lach made his name in New York City as founder of the legendary anti-folk movement. With a few simple rules and an open stage, a community of artists arose including recognisable names like Beck and Regina Spektor. Since moving to Scotland, Lach been growing a community of musicians and artists through three weekly events at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh. We sat down to talk about the open-stage ethos and what might bring a man from the the Big Apple to Scotland’s capital. A talented songwriter himself, we also feature a track from Lach’s most recent musical offering, ‘Ramshackle Heart’ which is available on his Bandcamp.

Ryan Can Remember Robert Louis Stevenson

December 2, 2013

To celebrate the third #RLSDay on 13 November 2013, we discussed Robert Louis Stevenson with Jeremy Hodges, the author of the new biography Lamplit, Vicious Fairy Land. We find out about Stevenson’s “lost loves” including Kate Drummond, a girl he met at a brothel and who likely lives on as Catriona in Stevenson’s sequel to Kidnapped, his relationship with his cousin Catherine in France and the fact he very likely died of syphilis. The book is available from the RLS Society website. We also feature the track ‘Filly’ by New Archer from the EP Bees Nudge The Mouth Of A Feathered Rose.