Not About The Football

About this time of year I have a hopeless dream: I dream The Football has finally finished and that whichever cup competition has presently run its course has established, once and for all, which football club is the best in England (Europe, the world). And there will be no need for anyone to bother with…

madebymotive: Huw Evans

In an off the cuff remark on the phone a few days before the festival, Benjamin Harris agreed to hand write each of the 4 poems we were exhibiting on to our display boards. Over the course of about 5 hours on the following Friday and Saturday, he fulfilled this agreement (with the help of a…

Reflections on Catalyst Festival: Artists Are Awesome!

I’m in reflective mood, and this year’s Catalyst Festival is the immediate object of said reflection. Before I get into the chin stroking, philosophical observations, let’s start with something that is of utmost importance. It struck me at this year’s festival and it’s been striking me with increasing regularity since starting doing Sputnik. Artists are…

madebymotive: Jon Doran

It was great to connect with some new artists for this exhibition, most notably Ruth Naylor (whose piece, Swanpool was on display) and Jon Doran. Since studying Fine Art at Falmouth, Jon has exhibited from the south coast up to London and even across the channel. It is fair to say that his award winning work is…

madebymotive exhibition, Catalyst Festival 2016

At the recent Catalyst Festival, we put on the exhibition: madebymotive. It acted as a cracking centrepiece of the SputnikZone this year and thank you so much to all the artists who exhibited as well as Chris and Hannah at Creative Arts Network for their help. What’s funny about doing these exhibitions at the Catalyst…

Reflections on Catalyst Festival: A Bit Of Context…

Sputnik began about 5 years ago as a local church based arts ministry at Churchcentral in Birmingham. After 7 years working as a secondary school teacher, my friend and church leader, Jonathan Bell, approached me about working full time for the church. A quarter of the job role involved a very open ended brief, exploring…

But machines can’t really make art, can they?

Last time, I wrote about the Library of Babel– once a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, now an online library of every possible combination of text, divided up into pages of 3,200 characters each. Therefore, the library already holds every possible piece of writing before it is ‘created’ by us. That includes every poem,…

Nothing New Under The Sun

This article has already been written. It has been possible to find it online for over a year prior to my writing it. I am not creating original content, but simply re-producing what already exists. Look, here it is… The above screenshot is taken from The Library of Babel. This is an online resource based on…