"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)
Mapping the shift from the hacker ethos of the 90s to the social-media art of today to the blockchain utopias of the coming nerd reich, this issue revisits the dreams of a different (art) world and charts the entanglements of art and technology since the Internet went public nearly thirty years ago.
With contributions by Constant Dullart, Melissa Gronlund, Ben Vickers, Joanna Fiduccia, Claire L. Evans, Natasha Stagg, Brian Holmes, Domenico Quaranta, Richard Birkett, and many more.