Looking Deeper into Film: The Grandmaster

There’s a bunch of critically acclaimed films that have gone under many of our radars. In response I have started gathering a few friends together to watch some of these movies with me and then spend time afterwards arguing whether they merit the praise. The ensuing arguments will then be fed into reviews. To kick…

Can Video Games Be Art? Pt 2

Last week, Ian argued in defence of at least some video games being taken seriously as art. Today, he considers four more games that may add weight to his argument… The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)/Papers, Please Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, The Walking Dead is a choose-your-own adventure game set…

Are Video Games Art? Pt 1

The ‘can video games be art?‘ debate is a long and tedious one. The question first appeared to hit mainstream video game blogs and magazines in the mid-2000s, when influential film critic Roger Ebert argued in the negative. What followed was a series of back-and-forths which essentially devolved into an issue of semantics. In order…

Lamentation: Should Heaven Know I’m Miserable Now?

Probably 40-50% of the songs, raps and poems I’ve written are melancholic. My 2002 album ‘Gondwanaland’ with Michaelis Constant has the theme of lamentation running through the whole album. Like many of you, I also connect deeply with other people’s melancholia expressed in songs, poems, classical compositions and raps. These engage a hidden, vulnerable part…

Suffering and Healing in Arie A. Galles’ Fourteen Stations

Arie A. Galles’ (1944-) Fourteen Stations drawings take a radical departure from the customary representations of Christ’s Passion stations. Traditionally, viewers meditate upon a series of works that trace Christ’s physical and mental agony from condemnation through to resurrection. I would like this post to open a dialogue into how unorthodox approaches to the Passion can deepen…

Dirty Words: The Need for Christian Criticism

Last year I wrote a review of a prominent worship-genre album, for a Christian magazine. I thought the album was very predictable and too safe, and gave it two stars out of five. On the way to publication, however, the score was bumped up to three stars, and some polite qualifiers were dropped into my…

Welcome Back!

So. Here we have it. At long last, we’ve sorted out our website. Whether you frequented Sputnikmagazine’s last incarnation or are totally new to Sputnik- welcome! We’ve not just spent the last 6 months changing the look of things though, we’ve also made some new friends! We’ve got a new blogging team and have teamed…

Art and Loving Your Locality

For those of you unfortunate enough not to live in or around Birmingham, you may have never heard of Bearwood. Bearwood, like lots of places in greater Birmingham, isn’t really a town, it’s not really a village, but it’s ‘a bit’ of Smethwick, which in itself is a town in Sandwell, which isn’t really in Birmingham, but…

Isaiah P Beagle interviews Benjamin Blower (pt 2)

Here it is. Part deux. Benjamin Blower tells Isaiah P Beagle all about his latest release, Kingdom vs Empire. To get hold of this albook (or bookbum), click right here. Thanks Benjamin for the interview. The Beagle’s interrogation techniques can be a little penetrating and you stood up well under the pressure, mate.  

Isaiah P Beagle interviews Benjamin Blower (pt 1)

I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Benjamin Blower. Benjamin (or Dave as his friends call him) is a radical, whose passion and integrity is a great inspiration to me personally so I thought that it would be great for him to rub off on as many other people as possible. We sent our diminutive interviewer…

An interview with Re:flex the Architect

If you were familiar with the previous incarnation of Sputnikmagazine, you may have noticed a certain Stephen Adams (Re:Flex the Architect) in the contributors section. There was a song streamed with Barrowclough spouting something about Bart Simpson and a short interview, but since then very little has been heard from this shadowy Sputnik contributor. Until…

An Interview with Duncan Stewart

About a year ago, my friend Lex told me about a South African artist he’d got to know. I checked out his website and quickly realised that this was not some hobby-ist with a bit of a creative itch. Duncan Stewart is a painter and sculptor whose work is profoundly thoughtful and technically superb. His wide range,…