Spike / 66
Here’s what we wanted: a deep, personal, painful appraisal of the art world as we know it. Some of us hate it, some love it, and many depend on its continued survival. When we posed this to our writers, they threw the kitchen sink at us: folklore, failure, fantasy, and wait for it ... God! The results are a mix of inappropriate humour, debauchery, and weirdness – an oblique portrait of Spike, as we figured out after a few sessions on the couch. This funhouse mirror stage was no doubt frightening to see. It’s the Therapy Issue. And we’re still blaming our parents.
Contributions by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Qu Chang, Liam Gillick, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Iman Issa, Sean Monahan, Victoria Campbell, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Jeppe Ugelvig, Jaime Chu, Bianca Heuser, Nicolette Polek, Adina Glickstein, Artur Klinau, and many more.
Founded by the artist Rita Vitorelli in 2004, Spike is a bilingual English/German contemporary art magazine, online platform and event space. The flagship print magazine Spike Art Quarterly is aimed at sustaining a vigorous, independent and meaningful art criticism. Essays by leading critics and curators are complemented by other formats offering room for polemics, meditations, and short answers to urgent questions. Published four times a year, Spike offers its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation.