1F Hills Daikanyama 1-8-30 KamiMeguro Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-0051
The provocative Japanese art group Chim↑Pom are at it again, tapping into the zeitgeist and triggering public discourse with their playful art performances. This time the six members from the collective have installed a video piece, Kiss, at the diminutive Container Gallery – literally a small container inside the equally small Bross hair salon in trendy Daikanyama – to express the sense of isolation and power outages after the devastating 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima's nuclear threat. Kiss is a video depicting two light bulbs with the quirky physiognomy of a man and a woman that, well, shatter whenever they kiss. Broken bulbs (safely) litter the space and a photograph of a Chim↑Pom member provocatively kissing a crucified Jesus – not the subtlest of artistic expressions but effective no less – reinforce the message. The exhibition, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, runs concurrently with another Chim↑Pom installation at Mujin-To Production (Survival Dance, 9/24-10/15). Kiss is curated by Shai Ohayon.