Spike is a contemporary art magazine with a difference. Founded by artist Rita Vitorelli way back in 2004, the quarterly bilingual German-English magazine is now celebrating the launch of its family-themed 50th issue. Spike describes itself as “both rigorously academic and stylishly essayistic”, with a rich pool of critics and curators as contributors.
“Spike 50 is all about the family: as structure, model, metaphor, as place of origin and point of no return,” Spike states. “Do we need to save the family, or to destroy it? Do lines of descent still make sense for artists, or have networks taken their place? From the queer family to the nuclear family, from the commune to neopatriarchy, it lives on in many forms – even in the family of an art magazine.”
Features include a portrait of photographer Nan Goldin by Dean Kissick, a Q&A with American literary theorist and political philosopher Michael Hardt considering “what is wrong with the family?”, Bruce Hainley talks to performance artist Claude Wampler about improvisation, racism and raising kids, while Chiara Bottici and Jamieson Webster compare the Kardashian klan with Freud’s Dora.
And, with Mirko Borsche and Yvonne Zmarsly heading up the magazine’s art direction, fifty issues deep, Spike enters 2017 looking slicker than ever.
- Helen Eunhwa Oh’s vivid illustrations draw the eccentricities from everyday life
- Diane Deschenaux’s abstract images explore Switzerland's farming industry
- Is postgraduate study right for you? A handy guide to help you decide
- Jan Novák’s conceptual typefaces and identities are both functional and clear
- Parisian studio Akatre on their music video for Grand Yellow
- Max Baitinger’s comic Birgit illustrates the ballsy decision to quit your job
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy