Spike / 68
Spike’s summer issue infiltrates enemy territory, probing the patriarchy and exploring the many forms it takes today. From a polemic in favour of anarchy to a takedown of Silicon Valley tech-bro tribalism, our contributors take on the powers that be, igniting debates about privilege and control hotter than Hot Girl Summer. Can women perpetuate the patriarchy? Who are the biggest daddies in the art world today? How do you become a successful artist? Also featuring portraits of the late Jack Smith, Taiwanese-born cyberfeminist pioneer She Lea Cheang, and a group portrait of young artists fighting the extractive identity matrix, alongside a scrumptious hit of Schadenfreude care of “Dum Dum Boys“ – because we're not above the occasional punching up.
With contributions by Peaches, Slavoj Žižek, Catherine Malabou, Renate Lorenz, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Tea Hacic-Vlahovic, Simone Fattal, and many more, and reviews from Guangzhou, Vienna to Mexico City. Hate it, or really hate it, the patriarchy is is the target. Aim low.
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.