Jordan Strafer, PEP (Process Entanglement Procedure) (2019). Video still. All photos courtesy the artist

Sobbing dolls, Tarkovsky remakes, and in-flight sushi served in air ambulances: Jordan Strafer’s films are equal parts haunted, heartbreaking, and hilarious. The artist talks truth with Jeppe Ugelvig on the occasion of her first major solo show.

 Mark Leckey,  O' Magic Power of Bleakness  (2021). Silkscreen on cardstock, 68.5 x 70 cm

Mark Leckey, O' Magic Power of Bleakness (2021). Silkscreen on cardstock, 68.5 x 70 cm

Fantasy lore from Liverpool, mediated through spray cans, sportswear, and the fog of memory: Mark Leckey revisits a mystical moment from adolescence.

Whether you’re totally pilled or an adamant no-coiner, you’ve probably noticed that Web3 has a lexicon all its own. We’ve put together a guide to some of the insider jargon to help you navigate this wild world. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt no more.

With Spike #70, we take on the blockchain – all its problems and possibilities, from NFTs to cooperative art-collecting to the encroaching spectre of flat-out finance. 

 Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff,  Paradise  (2020–)

Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Paradise (2020–). All photos: Maksym Biilousov, PinchukArtCentre 2021

Not another article about Kyiv as the new Berlin! On the occasion of the Future Generation Art Prize, Alexander Scrimgeour wonders about how the twentieth-century phenomenon of international contemporary art changes under the pressure of good old-fashioned geopolitics.

Like the phoenix that personifies her latest album, Eartheater rises – resisting definition and thriving on contingency. Photographed by Mal Bea.

 DeFi Times, “BLOCKCHAIN WEEKS 2021 - Where To Drink & Eat!” (2021), video still

DeFi Times, “BLOCKCHAIN WEEKS 2021 - Where To Drink & Eat!” (2021), video still

A pseudonymous crypto correspondant’s party diary from a city Airbnb’d to the hilt for a weeklong Ethereum extragavanza.

 Nadiah Bamadhaj, Casting Spells for the Movement (Merapal Mantra untuk Gerakhan),  (2021). Installation view from the 2021 Jakarta Biennale. Courtesy: Jakarta Biennale

Nadiah Bamadhaj, Casting Spells for the Movement (Merapal Mantra untuk Gerakhan), (2021). Installation view from the 2021 Jakarta Biennale. Courtesy: Jakarta Biennale

At the Jakarta Biennale, critical engagement should be evaluated not only through the art on display, but through the invisible forces that permeate below the threshold of vision. How does air – and the control of its circulation – index the political condition of being alive?

 Anne Fellner,  Point No Point (Sage)  (2020). Oil, acrylic, and enamel on synthetic fabric, 137 x 195 cm. Courtesy Liste Expeditions

Anne Fellner, Point No Point (Sage) (2020). Oil, acrylic, and enamel on synthetic fabric, 137 x 195 cm. Courtesy Liste Expeditions

For the next year, Spike is inviting authors from around the world to write a freeform exploration centred on an artist of their choice from the Liste universe. We’re kicking things off this December with an essay by Leila Peacock on the painter Anne Fellner.

 Kate Cooper, Somatic Aliasing  (2021). Courtesy the artist

Kate Cooper, Somatic Aliasing (2021). Courtesy the artist

With nostalgia taking hold at The New Museum Triennial and MoMA PS1’s survey of Greater New York, Dean Kissick wonders: what’s so great about it? When art gets sucked back into tradition, where is the future to be found?

 Robert Irwin, Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin) , 2021. Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space). (c) Photo: Timo Ohler. VG Bild-Kunst, 2021

Robert Irwin, Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), 2021. Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space). (c) Photo: Timo Ohler. VG Bild-Kunst, 2021

Illuminating, in more ways than one. Robert Irwin’s Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin) installation is on view from 5 Dec 2021 — 30 Jan 2022.