Unlike unrealized architectural projects, which are frequently exhibited and circulated, unrealized artworks tend to remain unnoticed or little known. But perhaps there is another form of artistic agency in the partial expression, the incomplete idea, the projection of a mere intention? Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) seeks to document and display these works. Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action.

AUP follows the publication entitled “Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealized Projects,” collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa after several years of international research conducted in the late 1990s. Twenty years later, the Agency of Unrealized Projects was formed in collaboration with Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle, and an open call for unrealized projects was issued for its first public exhibition at ArtBasel in 2011. The open call will continue until all unrealized art projects are compiled.

Messages to the Public - Nancy Spero

MAK - Wien  - Rosemarie Trockel

Electronic Theater - Laurie Anderson

Prima del 73 - Fabio Mauri

Financial Times Millennium Bridge Competition - Richard Serra and Frank Gehry

Engel-Detektor - Jakob Gautel & Jason Karaïndros

WATERWORKS - Mona Hatoum

Social Resource Project For the Munich Olympics - Stephen Willats

Projets non réalisés: - Daniel Buren

Unrealized project for Tate Gallery + ICA, 1969 - Gilbert and George

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W5489
26.10.2012
The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving - Sascha Pohflepp
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The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving 3000 helium-filled balloons are held in place form the column-like vertical plume that resembles the one found just after the launch of a space rocket. After being released, the column dissipates under the influenc ...
The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving 3000 helium-filled balloons are held in place form the column-like vertical plume that resembles the one found just after the launch of a space rocket. After being released, the column dissipates under the influenc ...
W3542
12.05.2011
Nathan Danilowicz
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The working title for this yet to be realized sculpture is "untitled (covered bridge)." It is based largely on covered bridges found in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic United States. These historic bridges are predominantly red. This sculptu ...
The working title for this yet to be realized sculpture is "untitled (covered bridge)." It is based largely on covered bridges found in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic United States. These historic bridges are predominantly red. This sculptu ...
W5074
05.09.2012
fading memory  - Raymonde Van Santen
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Raymonde van Santen rvansanten@verizon.net Unrealized Projects fading memory Part A and B fit in my ongoing exploration of the cycles of decay and renewal. They will visualize how the passage of time affects memory (Part A), and how memories n ...
Raymonde van Santen rvansanten@verizon.net Unrealized Projects fading memory Part A and B fit in my ongoing exploration of the cycles of decay and renewal. They will visualize how the passage of time affects memory (Part A), and how memories n ...
W4338
24.05.2011
Untitled (Paper Cuts), - Raluca Popa
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RALUCA POPA Untitled (Paper Cuts), paper, glue, dimensions variable (2011) No one to talk. This work is in progress. This work addresses the subject of failure – the failure of the object and the failure of the event. This work might create ...
RALUCA POPA Untitled (Paper Cuts), paper, glue, dimensions variable (2011) No one to talk. This work is in progress. This work addresses the subject of failure – the failure of the object and the failure of the event. This work might create ...
W3752
18.05.2011
Proposal for an Art-Science cooperation for solar lighting a Lebanese village - roula sorour
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My project was a proposal to light up a village in Lebanon using solar power in cooperation with a local University. My proposal was hurried and could have been written better. I never did receive a reply to my proposal. From: Roula Sorour <r@roula ...
My project was a proposal to light up a village in Lebanon using solar power in cooperation with a local University. My proposal was hurried and could have been written better. I never did receive a reply to my proposal. From: Roula Sorour <r@roula ...
W3822
19.05.2011
Breath of Light - Kristin O'sullivan Peren
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Breath of Light (LED,recycled plastic blocks,steel computer software) was the finalist in the Northern Gate way Sculpture for Wellington City Council, NZ. as one of 3 finalist where told, there would be a result announced 23 sept 2010. ...
Breath of Light (LED,recycled plastic blocks,steel computer software) was the finalist in the Northern Gate way Sculpture for Wellington City Council, NZ. as one of 3 finalist where told, there would be a result announced 23 sept 2010. ...
W4726
26.05.2011
The Centralizer - Scott Richardson
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The Centralizer The inspiration for this device came about to address the plight of the city-dweller trapped in a densely populated urban environment, who needed to decompress, ground themselves, and/or get in touch with nature and natural rhythms, a ...
The Centralizer The inspiration for this device came about to address the plight of the city-dweller trapped in a densely populated urban environment, who needed to decompress, ground themselves, and/or get in touch with nature and natural rhythms, a ...
W4357
25.05.2011
Dead Links In The Weak Universalism - Kevin Day
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Kevin Day Dead Links In The Weak Universalism, Boris Groys, expanding on Agamben‟s „messianic knowledge,‟ argues that time, with the exacerbation of technological progress, has been increasingly contracting, shrinking to microscopic intervals.1 ...
Kevin Day Dead Links In The Weak Universalism, Boris Groys, expanding on Agamben‟s „messianic knowledge,‟ argues that time, with the exacerbation of technological progress, has been increasingly contracting, shrinking to microscopic intervals.1 ...
W4600
25.05.2011
INVESTIGATION2 - SASCHA MIKLOWEIT
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SASCHA MIKLOWEIT Unrealized project for a public transport or railway station Title: INVESTIGATION2 INTRODUCTION INVESTIGATION2 is the continuation of my field research project which started 2010 with INVESTIGATION1 (for detailed material regarding ...
SASCHA MIKLOWEIT Unrealized project for a public transport or railway station Title: INVESTIGATION2 INTRODUCTION INVESTIGATION2 is the continuation of my field research project which started 2010 with INVESTIGATION1 (for detailed material regarding ...
U9843
01.01.1996
Aguapracasa - Gabriel Orozco
Unbuilt Roads
House with half sphere swimming pool in the center (eventually reasons why the work has not been realised) No Time Previous Publications (?) No Existing Documents (photos, drawings, models): Drawing Other remarks Designed after a v ...
House with half sphere swimming pool in the center (eventually reasons why the work has not been realised) No Time Previous Publications (?) No Existing Documents (photos, drawings, models): Drawing Other remarks Designed after a v ...
W5471
21.10.2012
La Gioconda Project - Gabor Ösz
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Introduction A few years ago, when I first visited the Louvre, I was surprised to see that the signposts giving directions for the painting La Gioconda already started at the gates. As I was to learn later, there exists a form of cultural pilgrimage t ...
Introduction A few years ago, when I first visited the Louvre, I was surprised to see that the signposts giving directions for the painting La Gioconda already started at the gates. As I was to learn later, there exists a form of cultural pilgrimage t ...
W4102
23.05.2011
IMNOW (I-aM-NOW) - Shlomit Lehavi
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IMNOW is an emergent identity composed of digital footprints across major social media platforms that challenges and explores current definitions of space (public vs. private, physical vs. virtual,) and time, with regard to contemporary notions of friends ...
IMNOW is an emergent identity composed of digital footprints across major social media platforms that challenges and explores current definitions of space (public vs. private, physical vs. virtual,) and time, with regard to contemporary notions of friends ...
W5446
20.10.2012
Tree Friendly Tree House - Kim Zalatan
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Tree Friendly Tree House is a non-invasive series of steps meant to be attached to a tree to simulate the experience of a tree house. It is an interactive piece meant to allow the view to experience nature in a way they may not have before. ...
Tree Friendly Tree House is a non-invasive series of steps meant to be attached to a tree to simulate the experience of a tree house. It is an interactive piece meant to allow the view to experience nature in a way they may not have before. ...
W4089
23.05.2011
Subba Ghosh
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This project consists of 10 to 12 large size (Approx size 26ft length and 6 feet wide ) paintings on tarpaulin in the shape of banners mainly to be displayed in large public areas. Submitted work 26 feet x 6 feet. Acrylic on tarpaulin. Title: Kishanlal ...
This project consists of 10 to 12 large size (Approx size 26ft length and 6 feet wide ) paintings on tarpaulin in the shape of banners mainly to be displayed in large public areas. Submitted work 26 feet x 6 feet. Acrylic on tarpaulin. Title: Kishanlal ...
W5115
17.09.2012
Eine Ontologie des Paradies - Juan Fernando
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Eine Ontologie des Paradies: die Kunst als Illusion. "Was verstehe ich unter Natur? Unter Natur verstehe ich, das erste innere Prinzip, des Seins eines Dinges. (...) Das ist was wirklich existiert". -„Kritik der reinen Vernunft“. Immanuel Kant ...
Eine Ontologie des Paradies: die Kunst als Illusion. "Was verstehe ich unter Natur? Unter Natur verstehe ich, das erste innere Prinzip, des Seins eines Dinges. (...) Das ist was wirklich existiert". -„Kritik der reinen Vernunft“. Immanuel Kant ...
W5210
05.10.2012
The Ringer (What Every Tower Needs) - Zoe Mackler
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Project Proposal In Brief -­ The Ringer (What Every Tower Needs) This work address the complex feelings of displacement and disconnect experienced by the Glasgow School of Art and the surrounding community during campus redevelopment. Honoring the ideals ...
Project Proposal In Brief -­ The Ringer (What Every Tower Needs) This work address the complex feelings of displacement and disconnect experienced by the Glasgow School of Art and the surrounding community during campus redevelopment. Honoring the ideals ...
W4173
24.05.2011
Mitya Nesterov
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Project with a work title ZOO, series of hand printed color photographs installed inside animal and bird cages ...
Project with a work title ZOO, series of hand printed color photographs installed inside animal and bird cages ...
W3540
11.05.2011
New Bridge for Dilligence  - Tomas Pecha
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new bridge for dilligence beer bridge for oversitting. sitting on more chairs, oversitting from place to placeinstead of direct movement and compulsory czech beer.some ideas are thirsty.some need to be oversitted. tommorrow reality. intention of new bri ...
new bridge for dilligence beer bridge for oversitting. sitting on more chairs, oversitting from place to placeinstead of direct movement and compulsory czech beer.some ideas are thirsty.some need to be oversitted. tommorrow reality. intention of new bri ...
W3710
17.05.2011
New business complex for The public company Electro-Slovenija - ARB, Slovenia
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The project was presented at a competition for a new business complex for The public company Electro-Slovenija. The project is characterized by thin folded blades, containing open-volume, offices, making a perfect ground for photovoltaic. ...
The project was presented at a competition for a new business complex for The public company Electro-Slovenija. The project is characterized by thin folded blades, containing open-volume, offices, making a perfect ground for photovoltaic. ...
W4399
25.05.2011
Go Find me a Boy - Mansha Chhatwal
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I, Mansha Chhatwal, am an artist with a background in advertising. After a 15 year stint in advertising, during which I worked in several agencies including Rediffusion Y&R, Bates India, Everest brand communications and Mudra DDB , I quit finally about a ...
I, Mansha Chhatwal, am an artist with a background in advertising. After a 15 year stint in advertising, during which I worked in several agencies including Rediffusion Y&R, Bates India, Everest brand communications and Mudra DDB , I quit finally about a ...
W4108
23.05.2011
Ground Control  - Rachel Jenman
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As Fine Artists Diccon Spain and I worked on this proposal to re design a pedestrian subway in Kent. This subway design embraced natural light and changed the feeling of the entire space in a way not done before. The subway provided a walking entrance t ...
As Fine Artists Diccon Spain and I worked on this proposal to re design a pedestrian subway in Kent. This subway design embraced natural light and changed the feeling of the entire space in a way not done before. The subway provided a walking entrance t ...
W3623
14.05.2011
Structure for Formal and Material Imagination - Scott Massey
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Travel to another dimension has long held our fascination. From Alice’s tentative leap down the rabbit hole, Wade Davis’ experients with the worlds psychotropic flora, or teleporting from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, exploration of alternat ...
Travel to another dimension has long held our fascination. From Alice’s tentative leap down the rabbit hole, Wade Davis’ experients with the worlds psychotropic flora, or teleporting from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, exploration of alternat ...
W5026
31.08.2012
Blow Job - Peter Friedl
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Blow Job Peter Friedl Proposal, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2004 Blow Job (working title) is an exhibition project dealing with theatricality and its media possibilities. In the form of a monographically structured project, I treat various themes with wh ...
Blow Job Peter Friedl Proposal, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2004 Blow Job (working title) is an exhibition project dealing with theatricality and its media possibilities. In the form of a monographically structured project, I treat various themes with wh ...
W3944
20.05.2011
The Triumph of Oil Painting (TOP) - Mo Abd-Ulla
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99 Iraqi artists will be invited to make 99 paintings of oil/ petroleum on paper or canvas. TOP is structured to take place at 99-public spaces for 33 days. It is an independently curated multi-site-showcasing 99 Oil painting of 99 emerging and establi ...
99 Iraqi artists will be invited to make 99 paintings of oil/ petroleum on paper or canvas. TOP is structured to take place at 99-public spaces for 33 days. It is an independently curated multi-site-showcasing 99 Oil painting of 99 emerging and establi ...
W5425
20.10.2012
Peace State of aWareness - Mo Abd-Ulla
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Is peace an exceptional state? Is it fact that war breeds another war? Is war an inevitable destiny of mankind? This is a public art intervention working with and around the war monuments in London within global context of war and peace. Aiming to fr ...
Is peace an exceptional state? Is it fact that war breeds another war? Is war an inevitable destiny of mankind? This is a public art intervention working with and around the war monuments in London within global context of war and peace. Aiming to fr ...
W4343
24.05.2011
Revolutionary Travel!  - Alicia Herrero
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Revolutionary Travel! Sailing-Novel Each chapter is a port on the continue line of South American rivers from Port Brais of the Beni river to the Ucayali river. From the Amazonas through Iquitos, arriving to Leticia, Manaus and other, crossing to th ...
Revolutionary Travel! Sailing-Novel Each chapter is a port on the continue line of South American rivers from Port Brais of the Beni river to the Ucayali river. From the Amazonas through Iquitos, arriving to Leticia, Manaus and other, crossing to th ...