Spike / 71
For the latest Spike – #71: Couples – we’re seeing double. This one is all about couples, dedicated to partnerships in life, love, law, and labour. Whether you’re a serial monogamist, married to your job, or sublimating your crushy feelings into all that you create, it’s tough to deny the role that romance – or its conspicuous absence – plays in shaping our psyches and senses of ourselves.
Might coupling be key to seeing beyond the self, opening us up to a more expansive, collaborative (co)existence? And do relationship breakdowns parallel wider social strife? Can the dusty old dyad be reconceived as radical? What happens when art-world couples blend business and pleasure? Curl up with your soul mate – or settle into singledom – and grab a copy to read about the uses of love beyond love; the motivation posed by muses and rivals; psychoanalytic takes on partners’ promises; along with artist-couples, curatorial duos, rom-com heroes, spectres, fembots, and beyond.
With Chris Kraus, Asa Seresin, Whitney Mallett, Alenka Zupančič, Johanna Hedva, Sam Kriss, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Genesis & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Darian Leader & Jamieson Webster, Eva & Franco Mattes, Tea Hacic-Vlahovic, 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.