UPDATED April 2018

Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. 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). 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 he directs 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 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 the Foundation on programming and curating their OMA designed cultural complex in Milan. He is also on Art Jameel‘s Curatorial Council.

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.”



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, a member of Fondazione Prada’s “Thought Council” and Art Jameel’s Curatorial Council.