Chim Pom


Chim-Pom portrait

Tokyo-based artist collective Chim↑Pom was formed in 2005 in Tokyo while they were still in their twenties. Members Ushiro Ryuta, Hayashi Yasutaka, Ellie, Okada Masataka, Inaoka Motomu and Mizuno Toshinori respond instinctively to the real of their times, continuously releasing works that intervene in contemporary society with strong social messages.

Although video art is their primary medium, they work in a range of media, from installation to performance. 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.

With Public Delivery Exhibition Utopian Days, 2014

Left screen: Andres Serrano - <em>Signs of the Times</em>, 2013 Right screen: Chim Pom - <em>Ki-Ai 100, 100 Cheers</em>, 2011 Installation view, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
Left screen: Andres Serrano – Signs of the Times, 2013
Right screen: Chim Pom – Ki-Ai 100, 100 Cheers, 2011
Installation view, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2014

Utopian Days – Freedom was an exhibition at the Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea’s first private art museum. Later it was shown in the same city at the Nowon Culture and Arts Center.

Artists: Adel Abdessemed, Lida Abdul, Phil America, Ivan Argote, Chim↑Pom, Minerva Cuevas, Chto Delat?, Cyprien Gaillard, Yang-Ah Ham, Andre Hemer, Tehching Hsieh, Zhang Huan, Jani Leinonen, Klara Liden, Armando Lulaj, Matt McCormick, Filippo Minelli, Wang Qingsong, Andres Serrano, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Kacey Wong, Xijing Men, He Yunchang.



Exhibited: KI-AI 100 (100 Cheers), 2011

This video work was made in Fukushima in May 2011 and shows the members of Chim↑Pom members together with friends they made in Soma city doing 100 sequential yells of 100 KI-AI (100 Cheers), which is Japanese for shouts showing a fighting spirit.

As Soma city was one of the areas affected by the Great East Japan earthquake, these people lost loved ones, their houses were washed away, and they spent over two months in the destroyed city despite fear of radiation.

Unlike other areas intensively covered by mass media, this area had suffered from a shortage of volunteers, probably because it was so close to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

These were real shouts filmed all in one cut and ad-libbed by the young locals who, although being victims themselves, had continued to provide relief and help towards reconstruction.

Chim↑Pom – 100 KI-AI (100 Cheers), 2011, 10 min 31 sec, Courtesy of MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo