Intrude: Art and Life 366

Intrude: Art and Life 366

Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Vibeke Jensen
Night Watch, Shanghai, 2008
Image courtesy of Zendai MoMA, Intrude Project.

June 14, 2008

Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art presents
Intrude: Art and Life 366

Intrude: Art and Life 366 is an ambitious interdisciplinary and cross-cultural public art event organized by the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai, China. From January 1st to December 31st 2008, a cultural event will take place everyday somewhere in the city of Shanghai.

One cultural event a day, 366 events a year, Intrude: Art & Life 366 will present global perspectives on art and culture, and bring these closer to the people of the city, intervening in their daily lives by exposing them to exceptional cultural happenings.

In order to present their work differently, artists will explore new concepts, abandoning the pristine white gallery and museum walls so that different cultural experiences can enter the public space.

Intrude: Art & Life 366 was created as a long-term project, continuing beyond the 366 days of events. All of the events will be methodically archived in Zendai MoMA’s archives and presented in the future as touring exhibitions. The Museum also publishes monthly magazines with interviews and essays on the projects to inform a broad range of people on the progress of the project.

Intrude: Art & Life 366 is looking for artists

Intrude:Art and Life 366 is still looking for ambitious and original artists who are willing to intrude in the city of Shanghai. If you have any ideas or projects you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to send us your proposal. All works that can be realized in different public or private spaces (parks, streets, office buildings, shops, squares, etc) as well as internet-based works are welcomed. Artists active in different fields (visual arts, music, theatre, literature, dance, etc.) can submit proposals by filling out the proposal form and submitting it to Zendai MoMA’s Intrude project team. To download the proposal form please visit or write to For more info contact Liz Coppens, Project Coordinator (Curatorial Department) at

Past projects

Vibeke Jensen, a Norwegian artists living and working in New York, projected her work ‘Nightwatch’, a video piece developed from a series on surveillance, at different sites all over the city. With a mobile projector, her video showing a big moving eye, was taken all around Shanghai and was projected on bridges, buildings, and monuments.

Making seemingly abstract paintings, Belgian artist Mathieu Staelens bases his work on the lives of others. Handing out bankcards to 3 unemployed people in Shanghai, he gave them permission to spend money on things they needed/wanted, while he himself collected the bank prints and receipts. He then traced those people’s wishes and needs on a map of the city, and translated their routes onto his canvas, mixing paint and organic substances with real information.

Chinese artist Yang Yong confronted a lot of people with gigantic photographs in the subway of Shanghai. Tying to evoke a dialogue between the cities of Shanghai and Shenzen, where the artist originates from, the artist aimed to show different attitudes towards life and dreams.

Israeli Artist Romy Achituv’s landscape Painting consisted of a series of spectacular colourful generative animations projected onto and merged with the structures of an about-to-be demolished old paper-machinery manufacturing factory.

Chinese artist Liu Jin provoked some heated discussions with his life-size naked human angels, sculptures which were hung on buildings in such a way that they seemed to be clinging on desperately. Faced with all the significant changes in the fast developing urban landscape, the hanging figures seemed small and fragile and reflected the current human condition.

Upcoming projects

Yoko Ono will bring part of her solo show to Shanghai and will intrude the city with a series of billboards.

The young American artist Sean Raspet on the other hand, will present a large scale banner installation, creating a three-dimensional mural of hanging Olympic Games related images printed on vinyl banners.

Motek, an audio-visual collective from Belgium, will bring their ‘Do you us too?’ show, a performance which focuses on the relationship between music and images and in which the musicians create visuals in synergy with music and sound.

Made in Serbia unites 3 different art projects from Serbia who aim to change the stereotypical viewpoints of the country. Shanghai project, In Absentia and the Urtica workshop are reflections on contemporary Serbia seen through the eyes of Serbian artists coming from different cultural backgrounds.

Maider Lopez from Spain will create an urban intervention by staging a trompe l’oeil effect with painted large-sized signs. People will hold and move these signs in such a way that all advertising is erased from the urban landscape.

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