"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)
Everyone has to be an artist. What does this mean for the artist? When the myth of creativity and self-determination permeates all spheres, what is the artist to do? Can the individual work still produce difference, when formerly stable ideas of the public and of history are no longer in place? When the work dissolves, does artistic work flow into the design of being?