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Simon Castets (b. France, 1984) is the Director of the Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Cultural Management from Sciences Po, Paris. Recently, he co-curated the group exhibition Champs Elysées, with Julie Boukobza & Nicola Trezzi, at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Earlier this year, with Hans Ulrich Obrist, he co-founded “89plus”, a long-term research project about the generation that began in 1989. This inquiry into the consequences of the internet provided the foundation for the last “Marathon” at the Serpentine Galleries, London, which he co-curated with Obrist and Jochen Volz. Other recent projects include a solo exhibition of Sarah Ortmeyer at Federico Vavassori, Milan; the group exhibitions Cherry Picking at Karma International, Zurich; A Stone Left Unturned at Yvon Lambert, Paris; and Aftermath at Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto. His writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and periodicals including Mousse, PIN UP, Flash Art, and Kaleidoscope.