The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Penguin (March 2015)
Language: English
Selected by Tank

Posited as a self-help book for planet Earth and a new history of the world, The Age of Earthquakes updates Marshall McLuhan’s 1967 paperback The Medium is the Massage for the 21st century. Compiled by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, designed by Wayne Daly and illustrated by 35 contemporary artists, it frenetically describes the causes and effects of the “Extreme Present” on our digitally addled selves.


Below, top left: Douglas Coupland, Sexy Marshmallow Foamy Pop Head, 2008 
Douglas Coupland, Big Oil No.001, 2014

Top centre: William Gibson wearing Oculus Rift VR headset, photograph by David Weir
William Gibson being 3D printed, photograph by Shumon Basar

Top right: GCC, Inaugural Summit Morschach 2013

Bottom left: Trevor Yeung, Laughing Tears

Bottom centre: Cao Fei, La Town – 13 White Street, 2014, courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Gallery

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