Andy Crouch, in his excellent book Culture Making, listed different ways in which Christians respond to culture. Sometimes we condemn, sometimes we copy, sometimes we critique and sometimes we just consume. However, he encouraged us to adopt another ‘c’ as our primary posture towards culture. We should create! Well, today I wanted to focus on some of the creations going on in and around the Sputnik network.
Kapes- Gospel Of A Sinner
Kapes is a rapper from Birmingham, whose been around the Brum hip hop scene for some time. For those who’ve been following his musical output, they would have noticed a marked change in content over the last year though, as his lyrics have begun to reflect a newfound trust in and dependence on Jesus. Sometimes rappers who become Christians can paint an idealised view of their new life as Jesus followers, as if everything before was awful and now every aspect of their life is perfect. Kapes avoids this understandable, but often unhelpful picture, with lyrics that are honest and authentic but which still depict a deep and life changing faith. If soulful boom bap rap is your thing, then you’ll find soul food here, whether you’re a Christian or not.
Emma Bird- The Return
A couple of years ago, a submission came in for our WhatIsItToBeHuman? project. At first I thought it was a subtle and simple fine line illustration of a woman sitting in a chair, reading. However, as I looked a bit more carefully, I realised that I was missing a dimension. It was a 3D wire sculpture that became one of the centre-pieces of the exhibition. Emma instantly became a Sputnik favourite and I’ll take any excuse to point you towards her work. So when she posted a new piece on her facebook page a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t let that one go. The new piece is called The Return and you can check out her blog for further wire wonders.
David Benjamin Blower- The Book Of Jonah
I suppose that it is just possible that you may have stumbled across this blog without already being aware of DBB’s latest release. It’s essentially a musical based on the book of Jonah, featuring everyone’s favourite Bible scholar NT Wright, academic/activist Professor Alastair Mcintosh and of course Mr Blower himself. And it features a pirate shanty called ‘Yo Ho’. Seriously, do I really need to say anything else?
Huw Evans- Gilbert The Liar
A few weeks ago, we featured a post about Huw’s 6 chapter preview of his new novel, Gilbert The Liar. However, I recognise that while the internet guides us helpfully towards quickly digestible artwork (pictures, songs, music videos, short poems), it often stops us from investigating pieces that may ask more than 5 minutes from us. Therefore, I’m aware that some of you may have wanted to check this out, but it didn’t easily fit into your social media perusing. Here’s my advice then. Carve out half an hour. Put it in your diary. Lock yourself away somewhere and transport yourself into 18th century Eastern Europe, and a world of bakers, dukes, castles and mechanical clocks, by clicking on this link.