Jemma Mellor will be Leading Our Intern Team!

  In September, we’re hoping to start out first ever Sputnik Intern Scheme. You may have heard of this already, this may be new to you, but just to bring us all up to speed, we thought we’d get Jemma Mellor, who’ll be leading the intern team to explain the plan. Hello Jemma, tell us a…

Brum Sputnik Hub Review: Learning to Collaborate Well

At our Brum Sputnik Hub gathering before Christmas, we set a project for us all to sink our teeth into. Sitting around talking about our work is worthwhile, but it’s also good to actually make some new work together sometimes. Therefore we initiated ‘The Future Project’. This is the brief: create a piece of work…

Reading and Writing (The Second Bit)

In the first part of this mini-series I explored something of how reading can connect us into earlier writers, who may well be making their own contribution to a conversation that has been going on for a while. In this second and concluding part I want to consider how we can make use of that…

Reading & Writing (The First Bit)

My artistic practice (and yes, I can just about write that without laughing myself off my chair) depends on two things: reading and writing. Reading, because what I write is connected with what has gone before, and writing, well, because I mainly write. (And before you filmmakers, musicians and visual artists turn off, you can…

David Benjamin Blower And The Book Of Jonah

  It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Dave Blower. Last time we met up, it came with the added bonus of hand ground coffee from a funny little machine he had lying about in his kitchen! Upon drinking said coffee, he agreed to do a short interview about his latest project ‘The Book Of Jonah’…

Blinking Into The Light

So. Let’s start with a beast fable. One day a badger decided to dig a new sett. She walked through the wood until she found a sloping bank sheltered from the wind but open to the afternoon sun. It would be a good place to bring up her cub. She dug, clawing soil away and…

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…