"Founded by the artist Rita Vitorelli in 2004, Spike is a 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. The event space Spike Berlin has become known for heated round-table discussions and high-profile talks, while Spike Online features up-to-the-minute reports, interviews, and photo essays from around the world." (from website)
In our first issue we cast an optimistic glance into the future, and see a new political art. Artist Irina Korina takes us on a guided tour of Moskow’s art scene. Noel Akchote visits the Sonar music festival in Barcelona. Rita Vitorelli talks with Heimo Zobernig. Portraits of painter Mary Heilman, sculptor Monica Bonvicini, and young artists Yves Mettler and Rafael Bujnowski. Gallerists Johann König and Gregor Podnar present various artists. Daniel Baumann “One Week” by Buster Keaton.