What does a spark make you think of?
A physical match, striking? The metaphorical start of something new? Illumination, energy, potential?
For us, it’s all of these and more. It’s where the name ‘Strike’ originally came from, and how we feel after each issue of the magazine we write. So for our first print issue, we wanted to celebrate the sparks that happen when creative minds meet and conversations set synapses firing.
That’s what you’ll find in this collection of stories. For each feature in the print issue, we’ve created a Spark that connects to it – other stories, sounds, ideas or interactions the feature ignited in its creation, that we want to share.
Each is fascinating in its own right, but to get the full experience, and to discover which features these sparks relate to, buy a print copy and Follow the Spark to see what, where and how our conversations have kindled…
Should we be investing billions on new technologies to suck carbon out of the air, when trees do a perfectly good job (if only we'd stop cutting them down)? But what other technological 'magic bullets' are out there? From removing truck tailgate emissions to conjuring food from thin air, are any of them any good?
Jazz is enjoying a popular resurgence, as people flock to dance floors to savour its genre-defying rhythms. This recent rise in popular culture is well timed: because in its tireless reworking of the past into the present, and helping to shape the future, the music may offer useful lessons to us all…
Language goes to core of what it is to be human, and has preoccupied philosophers, academics and many of the rest of us too, well, probably forever. So what are some of the key critical perspectives on the development and social effect of language and why does it matter?
Should we be afraid of AI's ability to create? Are illustrators' and writers' days numbered? Sparked by our conversation with a technology thought leader and a magician in issue 9 of Strike, we got thinking, got scared and decided to dig deeper...
The Annette is a 114-year-old former Danish fishing boat that now sails in search of marine pollution to take it on a new circular journey and keep it out of the natural environment. Joined by his two daughters, Paul Dicken boarded 'Annie', with the core Clean Ocean Sailing crew: Steve, Monika, Simon and Rosie.
How is the 15-minute city – the idea that basic amenities should be that long a walk for any city resident – becoming a reality in urban areas the world over?
Paul Dicken caught up with Angeline Morrison in November 2022, a month after the release of her Sorrow Songs album, to talk about bringing historical characters to life in song, the songwriting process, and the initial reaction to the album.
Ellen Paige Leach’s other-worldly artwork uses “forced malfunction” to break images apart until they become something new. One of Saatchi Art's 'Rising Stars' in 2018, she balances her own artistic practice with brand collaborations, including Rapha. We spoke to her for Strike issue 09, about how her inspiration takes the shape of coastlines both past present, and what the future holds. Here's the full story.