Re-reading Schaeffer

It’s been over thirty years since I last read Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who Is There. Given that Schaeffer’s views and the book are part of the founding mythos of Sputnik I thought I should give it another read. I was interested to see whether the book was still relevant fifty years after it was…

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…

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…

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:…

How do we ‘do a St Francis’ this Christmas?

As Benjamin Harris reminded us, St Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene in order to revitalise people’s understanding of the nativity, to free it from the gilded mosaics of the imperial and royal basilicas and present it as a real event with straw and the warm, wet breath of animals. There was plenty…

Michelangelo, character and community

At the age of 72 Michelangelo began work on a pietà (a work depicting Jesus dead after being taken down from the cross), probably for his own tomb in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Unlike his previous pietà which depicted Mary holding the body of Jesus across her lap, this one showed Mary and Mary…

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…

Can Crosswords be Art?

  In February, Ian Johnson asked the question ‘Can video games be art?’ While he put forward a pretty compelling case, as far as I was concerned, he also opened the door to the wider question of ‘what is art anyway?’ So, as something of a sequel (or more accurately a prequel) Huw Evans, responds…