UPDATED March 2017

Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He’s the 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 he directs a public program there every Summer called FORMAT: The Shapes of Discourse. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum, which has taken place annually in Dubai, as well as Doha, London and Kuwait, often referred to as “the brain” of Art Dubai. Shumon is a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council,” which advises Miuccia Prada and team on programming of their OMA designed cultural complex in Milan.

Shumon is 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 2015 by Penguin (UK), Blue Rider/Penguin (USA) and Eichborn (Germany). Shumon is also writing a novel, set in Dubai at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, entitled The World is The World is The World. He is represented by Sophie Lambert at the literary agency Conville and Walsh.

He 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.”



Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Penguin/Blue Rider, 2015). His edited books include Translated By, Cities from Zero and Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai, Editor-at-large of Tank magazine and Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine, Director of the Format program at the AA School, and a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council.”