Will Benedict, Dora Budor, Cao Fei, Roe Ethridge, Hood by Air, Bjarne Melgaard, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Zanele Muholi, Johannes Paul Raether, Torbjørn Rødland, Akeem Smith, Martine Syms, Stewart Uoo

This is a format that works for everything: the ubiquitous commercial interface of large-scale lightboxes. They are luminous, opaque, superficial in their flatness, and democratic in their insistence on reproducibility, standardization, and the multiplication of desire. As a “show within a show,” the lightboxes form a discrete platform within the 9th Berlin Biennale, adopting the visual codes of a duty free shop and the psyche of a Pinterest Pin Board. They comprise a single aesthetic flux, mirroring the hyperlinked landscape of our incomprehensible present—the smooth surface of a “communicative” capitalism.

Installation views of LIT, photos: Timo Ohler