Interview with Mike Lawetto (Well Done You, Perendiz)

Just before Christmas, I got wind of the fact that Mike was lining up a Well Done You project for release this year. Soon after this revelation, I found out that that there were a number of Perendiz tracks ready for release too. The eagle eared amongst you would have noticed the first evidence of this flurry, Part…

Looking Deeper Into Film: Embrace Of The Serpent

There’s a bunch of critically acclaimed films that have gone under many of our radars. In response I started gathering a few friends on occasions to watch a movie with me and then spend time afterwards arguing whether it merits the praise. Our last film was Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’. Embrace of the Serpent…

Enough Theory, How About Some New Art?

Recently, this blog has featured lots of theory and not a lot of practice, so I thought I’d  balance things out by nudging you towards some new creations that have been arising from artists connected to our network. We’ve got music, we’ve got poetry, we’ve got illustrations, we’ve got lace making. Therefore, without further ado… Michael…

Learning From ‘Silence’: Asking Difficult Questions

Perhaps I’m not watching the right films, but I don’t remember ever seeing a film that did to me what Scorcese’s Silence did to me. Without trying to be clever, I can genuinely say that it brought me to silence. But as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not brilliant at keeping my…

Hans’s Little Green Book

Maoists had their ‘Little Red Book’. Evolutionary naturalists have ‘On The Origin Of Species’. Now, I have my very own manifesto. I am carrying it around perpetually and I have given away my first copy. In fact, I’ve pestered Amazon to give me cut price postage on a mass order so I can offer it to all…

Would You Like To Be A Sputnik Intern For A Year?

Would you like to spend a year developing your art practice, getting to know the Bible better and working alongside the Sputnik team in Birmingham? I am excited to announce our first ever Sputnik internship! (Drums. Fanfare. General maniacal whooping.) We are offering up to three Sputnik internships, starting in September 2017, linked in with…

It’s Time To Knit Ourselves In Again!

The other day, I was perusing the comments on a facebook post that my good friend Ben Harris had posted. A few comments in, one of Ben’s friends from his church had questioned the suitability of the piece of art that Ben had posted (something to do with Ben’s appropriation of some Eastern symbols in…

Beauty and Art- So What?

Well, that’s how to start a new year! Thank you so much to Ben, Dave, Alastair and Huw for your reflections on beauty. I’ve personally found them very helpful and I know I’m not the only one. All that’s left to do is to summarise and then end with the obvious question- so what? Some…

A Change In The Landscape(s)

About a year ago, I put aside a day to pray. I don’t know how you do it, but for me, if something is particularly on my mind, I like to skip food and pray for a day (the skipping food bit frees up a good amount of time to do the praying bit). On this occasion, the focus…

Star man: Beauty or Language?

Just before Christmas I flung a star into space. It was not a vast thermonuclear ball of gas and plasma, but a small thing, some three feet across, made of five willow sticks, an LED rope and lots and lots of short pieces of green, garden twine. Neither did it get very far into space:…

The Grotesque And The Beautiful In Faithful Art

One occasionally hears complaints from Christians, that art these days is ugly where it ought to be beautiful. Unsettling installations, chaotic abstractions, unsavoury juxtapositions of images and symbols; all seemingly calculated to jar and upset. Why would Christians be joining in with these gloomy trends? The question was posed to me last week, “shouldn’t they…