The Extreme Self

Age of You



ISBN: 9783960989738 Category:

Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist


The Extreme Self is a new kind of graphic novel that shows how you’ve been morphing into something else. It’s about the re-making of your interior world as the exterior world becomes more unfamiliar and uncertain.

The sudden arrival of the pandemic pushed the world faster and further into the 21st century. Now, life is dictated by two forces you can’t see: data and the virus. Are you really built for so much change so quickly?

Basar/Coupland/Obrist’s prequel, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, became an instant cult classic. It’s been described as, “a mediation on the madness of our media,” and, “an abstract representation of how we feel about our digital world.”

Like that book, The Extreme Self collapses comedy and calamity at the speed of swipe. Dazzling images are sourced from over 70 of the world’s foremost artists, photographers, technologists and musicians, while Daly & Lyon’s kinetic design elevates the language of memes into a manifesto. Over fourteen timely chapters, The Extreme Self tours through fame and intimacy, post-work and new crowds, identity crisis and eternity. This is an eye-opening, provocative portrait of what’s really happening to YOU

Contributor’s include: Michael Stipe, Jarvis Cocker, Miranda July, Agnieszka Kurant, Amalia Ulman, Amnesia Scanner, Ana Nicolaescu, Ania Soliman, Anna Uddenberg, Anne Imhof, Asad Raza, Barry Doupé, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Cao Fei, Carsten Höller, Cécile B Evans, Chen Zhou, Christine Sun Kim, Craig Green, Dennis Kavelman, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Emmanuel Iduma, Farah Al Qasimi, Fatima Al Qadiri, GCC, Goshka Macuga, Heman Chong, Ian Cheng, Isabel Lewis, Jenna Sutela, Johannes Paul Raether, John Menick, Jürgen Klauke, Koo Jeong A, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Liam Gillick, Liam Young, Lorraine O’Grady, Lucy Raven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Miles Gertler, Momus, Pamela Rosenkranz, Pan Daijing, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Peter Saville & Yoso Mouri, Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe, Precious Okoyomon, Rachel Rose, Raja’a Khalid, Samuel Fosso, Sara Cwynar, Satoshi Fujiwara, Simon Denny, Sissel Tolaas, Sophia Al-Maria, Stéphanie Saadé, Stephanie Comilang, Suzanne Treister, Tabita Rezaire, Thomas Dozol, Thomas Hirschhorn, Trevor Paglen, Urs Lüthi, Victoria Sin, Wang Haiyang, Yaeji, Yazan Khalili, Yu Honglei, Yuri Pattison.

Additional information

Weight 222 g
Dimensions 11.5 x 18 cm
Publisher name Walther & Franz König
Publication date 7 October 2021
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 11.5 x 18 cm
Weight 222 g


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Shumon Basar is a writer and cultural critic. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum, a transdisciplinary summit held in Dubai and beyond, where recent editions focused on automation, trade, technology and the future. He is a founding member of the renowned 'Thought Council' at the Prada Foundation in Milan and is Adjunct Curator at Art Jameel. As Editor-at-Large for Tank magazine and Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine, Shumon has written extensively about culture, technology and globalisation. Ever since his debut novel, Generation X, in 1991, Douglas Coupland has been a futurist oracle of contemporary culture. His novels Microserfs and J-Pod took place in tragi-comic tech settings, with Generation A fast forwarding to a near eco-apocalypse. Since 2000, Douglas' return to visual art has included sculpture, paintings, installations and performances, exhibited in notable museums around the world. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London's Serpentine Galleries, is known as the most influential person in the art world today. Intrepid and globally omnipresent, he has curated over 300 exhibitions and conducted 3,000 hours of interviews with the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. His recent books include Ways of Curating (2015) and Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects (2016).