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— The Age of Earthquakes. A Guide to the Extreme Present by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland e Hans Ulrich Obrist —

Online Project

That's Contemporary

Corso Buenos Aires, 23, 20124 Milano

Dec. 3, 2020
7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.


LETTURA N. is the new project of THAT'S CONTEMPORARY dedicated to books and reading. 5 live streamings in the company of books and art professionals. From 26 November to 22 December.

In this second meeting, LETTURA N. 2, the artist Alessandro Calabrese will present "The Age of Earthquakes. A Guide to the Extreme Present" by  Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland e Hans Ulrich Obrist. Fifty years after Marshall McLuhan's ground breaking book on the influence of technology on culture in "The Medium is the Message", Basar, Coupland and Obrist extend the analysis to today, touring the world that’s redefined by the Internet, decoding and explaining what they call the 'extreme present'. The age of the earthquakes” is a paper portrait of Now, where the Internet hasn’t just changed the structure of our brains these past few years, it’s also changing the structure of the planet. It is a quick-fire paperback, harnessing the images, language and perceptions of our unfurling digital lives. The authors offer five characteristics of the Extreme Present ; invent a glossary of new words to describe how we are truly feeling today; and ‘mindsource’ images and illustrations from over 30 contemporary artists.

Alessandro Calabrese, graduated in architecture, is assistant lecturer at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. He teaches at NABA, Milan. Visual artist, he prefers to work with images and words, sometimes with his own, in some cases with others that he appropriates. Among the main exhibitions are those related to the A Failed Entertainment project and belonging to the cycle of the Foam Talent 2015 award, with which he also exhibits in Rome at the MACRO Museum and the MAXXI on the occasion of the Graziadei Award. In 2017 he presented his first personal Impasse at the Viasaterna gallery, where the unpublished work The Long Thing is exhibited, followed by, among others, the exhibitions at Palazzo Reale for the Cairo Prize in 2018 and the collective After Monet at the Mart in Rovereto in 2020.

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