Ben Harris Reviews Propaganda’s Crooked

After a three year wait, we at Sputnik Magazine have been very excited to receive   the new album ‘Crooked’ by Jason Emmanuel Petty’s (a.k.a Propaganda) Having received positive reviews for his last album ‘Crimson Cord’ and reaching number 13 in the Billboard US Independent Album chart, I was concerned that Propaganda would have softened his…

Are Christians Called To Influence Society?

Where has the church gone wrong? This seems to be a question that many are asking at the moment and, looking around, it’s not difficult to see why. Right now, in the Western world, Christianity is anathema. This hit home to me a few years back when my wife and I settled down to switch…

Heard: A New Short Film From NewCom Studio

What a nice surprise! Trawling through my inbox after a couple of weeks of email neglect, what should I find, but a new short film from my good friend Chris Smyth. Chris is the founder of Creative Arts Network, and he helped us get this very website up and running about a year ago. He…

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…

A Taste Of The Sputnik Network

All sorts of artists are connected to Sputnik. I thought I’d compile a few of them in one place. Below is a selection of artists that we are featuring at an exhibition in Milton Keynes in June 2017, with a bit of an introduction and enough links to keep you occupied for quite some time….

Art As An Apologetic

Why should we care about the arts? What is their unique contribution to humanity? And even more importantly, what is their worth for those of us who follow Jesus?  These are questions that are asked by artist and non-artist alike. Artists, often questioning whether it’s worth bothering with the graft, both physical and emotional, that…

Cultural Disengagement & A Thin View Of Sin

Why does the modern evangelical church produce so few artists of excellence? Just to clarify- there are certainly artists who are Christians practising at the highest level in the arts (Scott Derrickson, David Eugene Edwards, Sufjan Stevens, Makoto Fujimura, Lecrae, Milton Jones, Michelle Williams, Frederick Buechner, etc). However, two things are noticeable. Firstly, there aren’t…

Live From Planet Croydon: An Interview With Mr Ekow

I came across Chris ‘Mr Ekow’ Gaisie a couple of years ago. Hip hop has changed a lot in the last 15 years and the boom bap sound of the 90s that defined the genre has evolved and mutated in all sorts of directions. From a first listen to tracks like ‘When Space Stares Back’…

A Road Trip to The Holy Biscuit Study Day

I first visited the Holy Biscuit back in July 2015, to set up the Newcastle leg of our WhatIsItToBeHuman? exhibition tour. It was clear from our first email exchanges that these guys knew what they were up to, and the space worked perfectly for the exhibition. Therefore, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity…

An Interview With the Perfect Summer Band

Have you noticed the days elongating in a very satisfying manner? Wouldn’t it be good if there was some new music to accompany this happy seasonal change? Well, rarely are a band as well named as Midsummer. The Mellor family has just been on holiday and Midsummer’s new album ‘The Stories You Tell’ even managed…

Bedford Hub Report: What Is A Professional Artist?

So we kicked off Bedford’s second Sputnik Hub a few weeks ago and had a great time. A passionate group that included actors, visual artists and poets spent a good few hours debating the issue of ‘professional’ work. Now I love a good debate and I’ll talk about what came out of that discussion in…