Side Trip, by Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group

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The Japanese collective Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group proposes an artistic intervention in Marvila, activated by a programme of parties, performances and workshops that reclaim the street as a space for socialising.

As part of CAM’s Japanese contemporary art season Engawa and the programme for the new edition of the Alkantara Festival, the Side Trip intervention creates a temporary space for celebration on an abandoned plot of land in Azinhaga dos Alfinetes, in Marvila, Lisbon.  

With a programme of concerts, performances, workshops, food competitions, a market, and a magusto (traditional chestnut roasting), Side Trip celebrates an achievement of the local community: the construction of a large urban park which revitalises an area of more than seven hectares next to the train line.

The collective Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group proposes the construction of a temporary street and square where a yagura will be built, a tower-like structure reminiscent of the Japanese Bon-Odori festival, during which the dead and rituals of transition are honoured. Starting on 11 November with a magusto with the community group 4Crescente, the celebrations proposed by the collective will take place around this structure, which will function as a stage. Side Trip reclaims the street as a space for socialising and for the consideration of global and social issues at a time of intense urban development and gentrification.

The collective is known for its disruptive social interventions that respond to contemporary realities. In 2017-2018, the artists had already explored this concept in the 道 [street/road] project, creating a path linking the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts to a city street. Inspired by the ‘Sunflower Movement,’ a student movement that occupied the Legislative Yuan (similar to a Parliament), this project questioned how public the space of a national museum really is.

The Side Trip programme is developed in conjunction with the community group 4Crescente and various local communities. Also noteworthy is the partnership with the Kriativu association, which brings its Armador Kriativu Festival to Side Trip, with musical curation by Chelas é o Sítio.

Known as 'the subversive face of the Japanese contemporary art scene,' the Chim↑Pom collective was created in Tokyo in 2005 by Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Ellie, Masataka Okada, Motomu Inaoka, and Toshinori Mizuno. In 2016, the collective created the international long-term exhibition Don't follow the wind in the restricted Fukushima Exclusion Zone and opened Garter gallery in Tokyo, a space run by artists to select and present works by their contemporaries. In 2022, now as Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group, the artists presented their first retrospective at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Engawa – A season of contemporary art from Japan

‘Engawa’ is a programming that brings to Lisbon a set of creators from Japan and the Japanese diaspora, many of them for the first time in Portugal. More info


17:00 – 19:00 / Magusto with roasted chestnuts and jeropiga

With the community group 4Crescente.
Location: Rua Carlos Gil

19:00 – 22:00 / Live music and DJ sets with food trucks

Curated by: Chelas é o Sítio (as part of the Armador Kriativu Festival), DJ Slick, C Jay and G Tema.
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

11:00 – 17:30 / Workshops and free activities

Cultivating Futures workshop (Serve the City)
Plastic recycling workshop (PRODAC, Santa Casa da Misericórdia)
Chalk painting
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

12:00 – 21:00 / Street Market

With stalls run by residents of the Armador, Flamenga, Marquês de Abrantes, Alfinetes and Salgadas neighbourhoods.

13:00 – 15:00 / The best cachupa in Marvila

Competition of cachupas by Marvila cooks, as part of the Armador Kriativu Festival.
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

15:30 – 18:00 / Lab “What's in a name?”

Participatory action to reflect on and collect possible names for the new Quinta do Marquês de Abrantes Urban Park.
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

18:00 – 22:00 / Live music & DJ sets

Curated by: Chelas é o Sítio (as part of the Armador Kriativu Festival), DJ Slick, Rato Chinês, Beats and Mix by young artists, and Gohu
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

14:00 – 18:30 / Breaking Battle

Partnership: Dedicated
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

14:00 – 17:30 / Workshops

Ciclopes workshop (in partnership with Kriativu): bicycle repair
Cultivating Futures workshop (Serve the City): building bird nests and insect hotels
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes

15:00 – 16:00 / Community lunch and closing

With cachupas cooked by:
D. Amélia Mascarenhas (Ajuda neighbourhood), winner of the Best Cachupa in Lisbon 2023
Motomu Inaoka (Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group), honourable mention for Best Cachupa in Lisbon 2023
Location: Side Trip Space, Azinhaga dos Alfinetes





Alkantara Festival

Project created by 

Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group:
Ryuta Ushiro
Yasutaka Hayashi
Ellie, Masataka Okada
Motomu Inaoka
Toshinori Mizuno

Executive Production

Francisca Aires – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian
Joana Costa Santos – Alkantara
Sinara Suzin – Alkantara

Technical Coordination

Cárin Geada


Hibiki Mizuno
Rebeca Gomes
Yumi Shimizu 

Urban consultancy 

ETC – Projects

Chim↑Pom from Smappa!Group gallery 



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