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.
- Manshen Lo creates surreal, comic-inspired observational illustrations
- “To me, being a man just means being yourself”: five creatives share their thoughts on masculinity
- Hexatope: the web-app utilising computational arts to make personalised jewellery
- Lucy Hardcastle on her “most progressive film to date”
- Moby Digg creates grid-based identity for finance company Baugeld Spezialisten
- Typography and National Socialism – the journey of Futura in an era of "reactionary modernity"
- Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years
- DBLG and Animade’s cheeky stop-motion animation uses human skin and 3D stamps
- “It needed to be functional, a workhorse”: Arket’s in-house team on its brand identity
- Get to know the fluid work of graphic designer, Steffen Hotel
- Fukt magazine presents the erotic drawings of David Shrigley, Tracy Emin and many more
- Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum