Spike inaugurates a new format, where galleries, curators, and art are judged by glyphs, through 18 categories that would be equally at home in gourmet guides, aesthetic treatises, or poetry. 

 Exhibition view; Photo by Mizuki Tachibana

View of Joan Jonas, ”Past Thought Revised”, Heidi Gallery, Berlin, 2022.
Photo: Mizuki Tachibana

The first installment of Spike’s new criticitism format Five-Star Review is a roundup of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022. Here we judge Joan Joans at Heidi Gallery. 

 LP album cover, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation , 1977

LP album cover, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation, 1977

Tea Hacic-Vlahovic has written Spike’s society column, “Gesellschaft am Ende”, since the summer of 2021. It’s time it gets from the paper to the World Wide Web. We start from the start, Spike #68.

 Meditation in Altspace VR platform

Meditation in Altspace VR platform

Gideon Jacobs shares an original meditative method of achieving salvation – transcending this physical form, with all its irksome ailments, plus the charlatans and metaverses that promise to cure them.

 Bart Nagel,  Mondo Vanilli

Bart Nagel, Mondo Vanilli

R.U. Sirius, who shaped digital culture since its inception, dishes to Lydia Sviatoslavsky about (what’s left of) cyberpunk, stoner-inflected French theory, and the drab cruelty of American politics.

 Robert Lettner Untitled (from the series “Kalte Strahlung”),  1972, acrylic on canvas, 160 × 188 cm.    Courtesy Wonnerth Dejaco and Archiv Robert Lettner  Photo: Peter Mochi

Robert Lettner, Untitled (from the series “Kalte Strahlung”), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 160 × 188 cm; Courtesy Wonnerth Dejaco and Archiv Robert Lettner; Photo: Peter Mochi

The recent Spark Art Fair and several new exhibition spaces in Vienna are generating buzz as the winds of change blow in the city.

Are we ridiculously serious in a dressed-up world? Sam Kriss asks some probing questions about the latest Batman reboot’s freak undertones. 

 Libby Heaney, Ent-, Installation view: Schering Stiftung, Berlin, 2022. Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Libby Heaney, Ent-, Installation view: Schering Stiftung, Berlin, 2022. Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Scientist-turned-artist Libby Heaney speaks about what quantum means, how it can be made more accessible, and the feminist possibilities that its essential plurality unleashes.  

 Jenna Bliss,  Professional Witnesses (2021)

Jenna Bliss, Professional Witnesses (2021)

Jaime Chu examines citizenship, empire, and belonging through the lens of Jenna Bliss’s video art for the April edition of Spike x Liste Expedition Monthly Picks. 

 Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters of War #9 (after Goya)  (1999)

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters of War #9 (after Goya) (1999)

Violent videos fill up art shows, TikTok feeds, and telegram chats. This month, Dean Kissick wonders: how do we reckon with the chilling fog of content?