Shine and shininess are characteristic of surface effects, of glamour and spectacle, of bling-bling contingency, of ephemeral novelty, value added, and disposable fascination. Shine is what seizes upon affect as its primary carrier to mobilize attention. Shine could be the paradoxically material base of an optical economy typically (mis)understood as being purely cognitive or immaterial. Even at an art fair or Hollywood gala, surface effects are widely deployed while being categorically condemned to the domain of inconsequential superficiality, for shine is also persistently unwilling to compromise speed for substance, surface for depth, attractiveness for soul, effect for content, projection for stasis, inflationary wealth, success, and splendor for reality…

Editorial—“Politics of Shine”
Tom Holert, Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle

The Sunshine State
Tom Holert

Disco Parallax
Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Iridescence, Intimacies
Tavi Meraud

The New “Depthiness”
Timotheus Vermeulen

Yes, That’s What I Think …
Adrian Rifkin

Shine and Schein
Sven Lütticken

Is it Heavy or Is it Light?
Brian Kuan Wood

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