As our project, Chim↑Pom will open our own shop, centered around the
themes of goods/art works, value, etc.—through display and sale,
Chim↑Pom pioneer a new kind of commercial space. Includes new work using
Ellie's tears and garbage, T-shirts, books, pottery, masterpieces that
we thought nobody will probably buy but ended up making anyway, and
public production of site-specific work using rain leakage, smoking
area, and CCTV cameras.
At the same time,
Chim↑Pom will establish their first office. The plan is to invite
friends, researchers, and members of the media by appointment; so watch
this space. We're hoping it could be a chance for a more independent,
artist-centered way of doing things (which you don't see so much in
Japan) to take root in Tokyo.
*What's "KITAKORE Building"?
KITAKORE Building, located in Kōenji Kitanaka shopping street, was
originally built before World War II. This culture spot was built up
from scratch using a D.I.Y philosophy and, belying its barrack-like
outside appearance, the interior renovated by cutting-edge fashion
designers. Other than culturally-sensitive youths, its diverse visitors
include researchers looking at squatting, and foreign cultural icons
such as Swoon, Jeremy Scott, and Pharrell Williams. It made news when
Lady Gaga wore two brand items from the building. Furthermore, there is a
bar ran by "Shirouto No Ran" which hosts political events, and drinking
holes from back in the old days, all coexisting in this, the most
chaotic building in Tokyo. Introduced by Hikaru Yamashita, Chim↑Pom kind
of knows the owners of "Garter" and "Hayatochiri," original inhabitants
of the building before the establishment of Kita-Kore building.