THINGSText: Hikaru Nakasuji

A retrospective book of Japanese art collective Chim↑Pom, “We Don’t Know God: Chim↑Pom 2005-2019” has just been published by United Vagabonds. The moment I touched this book, I instinctively thought this was a piece by Chim↑Pom. I felt an excitement from the unique texture of the cover and inner papers. This book is special in terms of offering readers a limited experience called Chim↑Pom.

It also attaches a commentary appendix and compiles their activities done over the past 14 years. It covers early works to the latest, divided into five chapters.
The book kicks off by the ‘Grand Open’ exhibition held at ANOMALY in November 2018.

“Magic Kingdom Water”, 2018, Site-specific installation (water from Tokyo Disneyland, bottle, acrylic case, photograph), dimensions variable, Photo: Kenji Morita © Chim↑Pom Courtesy of the artist and ANOMALY

This glittering water is drawn from a place of so-called dreamland. To see it, people must climb the temporary staircase in front of it. What is astonishing about Chim↑Pom, is that they are not just displaying, but redefining the art experience. This glorious piece is most suitable for the grand opening of the book.

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