#50 Winter 2017

Spike 50 is all about the family: as structure, model, metaphor, as place of origin and point of no return. Do we need to save the family, or to destroy it? Do lines of descent still make sense for artists, or have networks taken their place? From the queer family to the nuclear family, from the commune to neopatriarchy, it lives on in many forms – even in the family of an art magazine.

With contributions by Bruce Hainley, Dominikus Müller, Alison M. Gingeras, Dean Kissick, Michael Hardt, Nina Power, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Aki Sasamoto, Aaron Moulton, Daniel Baumann, Felix Bernstein, Jamieson Webster und Chiara Bottici, and many more.

The End is Night

The Obsidian King. By Edward & Otto Pfaff


from Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Berlin, Kassel, Zurich, Basel, New York, London, Oslo and Pristina


by Julia Scher, Stefan Tasch, Elisa R. Linn, Bless, Philippe Joppin


Nina Power on Donna Haraway's latest book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene 


Relationships between artists can be productive or destructive. Can the destructive be productive? By Alison M. Gingeras


Aaron Moulton tells the story of his live between triplets and trinities, art and alchemy, secrets and the sacred. 

Essay: New Dynasties

Can reproduction be emancipatory? By Maximilian Geymüller

Q/A Michael Hardt

What is wrong with the family?


from Taiwan by G.B. Majer

Portrait Claude Wampler

On making art with one's own family, the still too little known singer Tally Brown and the persistence of anti-black racism in the Unites States. A conversation with Bruce Hainley

Portrait Nan Goldin

In the 1980s she documented in intimate and uncensored photographs the lives of her friends in the New York underground scene. By Dean Kissick

Portrait Oscar Murillo

Dominikus Müller on the role of Murillo's origins and his family in his installations, videos, performances and paintings

Q/A Sabine Derflinger

Does the family screw us up?

Images contributed by

Justine Kurland, Seth Pick, Michael Pybus, Paul Kranzler, Ebecho Muslimova

Statements by

Flora N. Galowitz, Andreas Koch, Daniel Baumann, Manuela & Iwan Wirth, Barbara Casavecchia

Q/A Felix Bernstein

Is it possible to escape the family?

One Work

Dominikus Müller on Mr. Knife & Mrs. Fork (2009) by Henrik Olesen

Exhibition Histories

Stephanie Crawford on the pioneering feminist exhibition "Womanhouse" initiated by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972 in LA 

Artist's Favourites

by Aki Sasamoto