#53 Autumn 2017

The Real doesn’t exist in a vacuum but is shaped by desire and ideology, fiction and art. Its borders are indistinct, its appeal dubious, its essence elusive. Maybe we live in a simulation. When’s the last time you experienced a glitch? Sometimes another reality intrudes into the one we thought we knew and changes us forever. This issue of Spike looks at the real as a fault-line of art and a utopian horizon of its agency. Welcome to the oasis of the real! 

Views Switzerland

Wolfgang Tillmans at Fondation Beyeler by Dorian Batycka, David Claerbout at Schaulager by Elise Lammer, „A Word Is a Shadow that Falls on a Lot of Things” at Ausstellungsraum Klingental by Elise Lammer

Views Germany

Wu Tsang at Kunsthalle Münster by Kolja Reichert, "Generation Loss" at Julia Stoschek Collection Düsseldorf by Robert Schulte, Anne Speier at Portikus in Frankfurt by Sofia Leiby, "After the Fact: Propaganda in the 21st Century" at Lenbachhaus München by Christoph Chwatal

Views Berlin

Moyra Davey's Hemlock Forest at Galerie Buchholz by William Kherbek, Ola Vasiljeva at Supportico Lopez by William Kherbek

Focus View

Skulptur Projekte Münster by Kolja Reichert

Views Tokyo

“What is the relationship between ceramics and contemporary art?” at Kaikai Kiki Gallery by Emily Watlington

Views Vienna

Ericka Beckman at Secession by Maximilian Geymüller, Betty Woodman at Galerie Hubert Winter by Maximilian Geymüller, Samira Elagoz at ImPulsTanz by Gianna Prein

Views London

Luke Willis Thompson's autoportrait at Chisenhale Gallery by Alexander Scrimgeour, "Dreamers Awake" at White Cube by Rebecca Bligh

Views Amsterdam

Edward Krasinski at Stedelijk Museum by Christina Li

Artist's Favourites

by Claire Fontaine

Images Contributed

By Lu Yang, Patrizio Di Massimo, Tobias Zielony, Heji Shin, Marcelo Cipis


By Philomene Magers, Britta Thie, Asad Raza, Heidi Ballet, Ella Plevin


from Washington by Max Pitegoff & Calla Henkel