Shumon Basar is a writer, editor and curator. He’s the co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, designed by Wayne Daly, published by Penguin (UK), Blue Rider/Penguin (USA) and Eichborn (Germany). Together with Coupland and Obrist, he co-curated the large scale exhibition Age of You at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto and Jameel Arts Centre, which previewed their next collaborative book, The Extreme Self. He is also author of  Do You Often Confuse Love with Success and with Fame? His (co)edited books include Drone FictionTranslated By, Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews: Volume 2, The World of Madelon Vriesendorp, Did Someone Say Participate?, With/Without and Cities from Zero. He has been Editor at Large at Tank magazine since 2001, is Contributing Editor at Bidoun, and was co-founder of the print/event collective sexymachinery. At the AA School, London, Shumon has curated internationally touring exhibitions, hosted guests such as Sir Ken Adam, Peter Saville, Keller Easterling and Momus, and has directed a public program there every Summer called FORMAT: The Shapes of Discourse. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum, an annual transdisciplinary summit held in Dubai, as well as Doha, London, Kuwait, and Singapore, often referred to as “the brain” of Art Dubai. Shumon is a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council,” which advises Miuccia Prada and the Foundation on programming and curating their OMA designed cultural complex in Milan.

Shumon is included in the survey book 100 Global Minds,  where author Gianluigi Ricuperati writes, “it is clear to see why [Basar’s] work appeals to those interested in deepening and refining their learning and in bringing together an appreciation of ancient texts, cultural phenomena like modernism and the sciences,” and was described in PIN-UP as a “philosophical mastermind.”



Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and curator. He is co-author of the books The Extreme Self: Age of You and The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, both with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Together, they co-curated the exhibition Age of You. Shumon is also Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai; Editor-at-large of Tank magazine; Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine; and a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council.”