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Chim↑Pom

Artist collective formed in 2005 in Tokyo with Ushiro Ryuta, Hayashi Yasutaka, Ellie, Okada Masataka,
Inaoka Motomu and Mizuno Toshinori and all in their twenties at the time. Responding instinctively to the “real” of their times, Chim↑Pom has continuously released works that fully intervene in contemporary
society with strong social messages. Using video as a primary discipline, their expressions freely cross over
a range of media from installation to performance. While based in Tokyo, they develop their activities
globally in exhibitions and projects in various countries. More recently,they have expanded their activities
further to include the direction of art magazines, and exhibition curation. Japanese-language publications
Naze Hiroshima No Sora Wo PIKA! To Saseteha Ikenainoka [Why Can’t We Make the Sky of Hiroshima “PIKA!”?](Tokyo: MUJIN-TO Production, 2009, co-edited with Abe Kenichi), Chim↑Pom (Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2010),  Geijutsu Jikkohan [Art as Action] (Tokyo: Asahi Press, 2012),and  [SUPER RAT] (Tokyo: Parco, 2012) are now available.

卯城竜太・林靖高・エリイ・岡田将孝・稲岡求・水野俊紀の当時20代の6名が、2005年に東京で結成したアーティ
スト集団。時代のリアルに反射神経で反応し、現代社会に全力で介入した強い社会的メッセージを持つ作品を次々
と発表。映像作品を中心に、インスタレーション、パフォーマンス など、メディアを自在に横断しながら表現して
いる。東京をベースに活動しながら、世界中の展覧会に参加、海外でもさまざまなプロジェクトを展開。近年はさ
らに活動の範囲を広げ、美術専門誌監修や展覧会キュレーションなども行う。著作に『 Chim↑Pom チンポム作
品集』(河出書房新社、2010年)、『なぜ広島の空をピカッとさせてはいけないのか』(阿部謙一との共編著、無人島
プロダクション、2009年)、『芸術実行犯』(朝日出版社、2012年)、『SUPER RAT』(パルコ出版社、2012年)がある。

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SUPER RAT




Cultures like art or rock or punk
that wish to be beautiful like rats in the ditch
and cultures like Japanimation or Gals
that are called Japan Pop or “Superflat”
may
would
should come across each other
at the scramble crossing in Shibuya
so we took the last train for Shibuya to the Center Street

We maybe the recent young people
as being frowned about by adults
feel sympathy for Super Rats
emerging out of our urban life and
maintaining crooked coexistence with human beings
We capture the comrades
one by one with a net we bought at Donki
It’s not to chase them away
We can swear by our strong humanism toward animals
so much so that we’re unable to even touch
the original forms of meat we consume everyday
Our aim is simply to produce real figures of Pikachu
Just for the purpose
we kick around piles of garbage bags
and run after rats escaping along walls

“Hold on, Super Rats
We’re not your enemy
We’re the Chim↑Pom!!”

We pursued rats and dreams
for our works coming into being
in the midnight center of Japan
where everything sounds like an excuse


Chim↑Pom November 2006

[Donki: the most popular discount shop in downtown Tokyo]