#58 Winter 2019

We would like to cast a spell on you that will only work if you read this whole issue from cover to cover. Along the way, you will battle monsters, fall in and out of love, perform rituals, believe or disbelieve the evangelists of new religions, and enter magic circles that protect you against evil and create a safe space for your own vulnerability. In the witching hours of the twenty-first century, magic is once again a tool with which we can change reality, but at the same time it is pervasive and pernicious, co-opted by spiritual entrepreneurism and the false gods of Silicon Valley. Spike and Ignota Books, who collaborated on the conception of this issue, bid you welcome on your journey through esoteric, cybernetic, psychedelic, technoshamanic worlds that are still in the making. We are pleased to unveil Spike: The Magic Issue. Use it wisely.

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”Heteroglossia” at HOW Art Museum by Shanzhai Lyric

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McDermott & McGough at Studio Voltaire by Oliver Basciano

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René Daniëls at WIELS by Rita Vitorelli

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Zoe Leonard at MOCA and Betye Saar at Roberts Projects by Keith J. Varardi

View Taipei

“Post-Nature – A Museum as an Ecosystem” – 11th Taipei Biennial by Harry Burke

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Friedrich Kunath at Blum & Poe by Ariella Wolens and Kevin Beasley at the Whitney by Aria Dean

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Tania Pérez Córdova at Kunsthalle Basel and Ka Moser at Kunsthalle Bern by Adriana Lara

Views Germany

Beatriz González at KW Institute for Contemporary Art by Federica Bueti, Henrike Naumann at Galerie im Turm and Irina Rastorgueva & Thomas Martin BQ by Penny Rafferty in Berlin; Cady Noland at MMK by Bob Nickas in Frankfurt; Jörg Immendorf at Haus der Kunst by Daniela Stöppel in Munich; Mary Beth Edelson at Kunsthalle Münster by Alex Scrimgeour

Views Austria

Kris Lemsalu at Secession by Dan Udy, Ernst Caramelle at Mumok by Maximilian Geymüller, and Louise Lawler at Sammlung Verbund by Bob Nickas in Vienna; Stuart Middleton at Künstlerhaus Graz by Johanna Rainer

Focus View

“Spellbound. Magic, Ritual, Witchcraft”by Ella Plevin