Extreme Present

In conversation with British writer, artist and editor. Shumon Basar.

Shumon Basar is a British writer, co-author of such masterpieces as The Extreme Self and The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present. Curator of quite a few projects at Fondazione Prada. Artist and editor. In conversation with Maria Abramenko.


Kangaroo by This Mortal Coil

The Concise Encyclopedia of Surrealism by René Passeron

Fresh kenefeh in Nablus. Must be before midday

Historical period
The present

Zaha Hadid

Dystopian movie
The Breakfast Club

Serial Killer

50% Grey

“A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness;
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction;
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher;
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribands to flow confusedly;
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat;
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.”
Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674)

Nobody :(

Fashion brand
1980’s Comme des Garçons

The unicorn in Blade Runner

The Kvorka, which Kramer suffered from in Seinfeld: it made him utterly, destructively irresistible to women

New Babylon by Constant

Fetish object
I don’t have one but wouldn’t it be amazing if Isamu Noguchi or Charles and Ray Eames ever designed a butt plug

Mare Crisium, Mare Ingenii, Mare Serenitatis, Mare Tranquillitatis: these are all “lunar maria”, mistaken by early astronomers for seas on the surface of the Moon, named after states of mind

Dead person
Jean-Luc Godard

Any orchid that looks like it’s grown in outer space

Fast food
Filet o Fish from McDonald’s

Turkish tea served in small glasses

Cocteau Twins

Don Delillo

Dead writer
Samuel Beckett

Love vs Lust

The Brion Cemetery by Carlo Scarpa

“In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art” — Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation

Object in space
The Golden Record sent on Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts in 1977

The Earth Room, New York by Walter de Maria

News source
BBC World Service

Movie director
David Lynch

Joy Division Album

Whichever is the newest one I’ve just posted to stories

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