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.

Monument to Democracy - Kounellis

Unbetitelt, Gänse-Projekt + Noch unbetitelt , " Durch den Mund sehen " + Kartoffeln  - Carsten Holler

Placid Earth: A Project for the Meeting of Millennia - Cai Guo Quiang

AUSSICHTSTURM, HOLZHAUS (WOHNHAUS), SCHWIMMBECKEN, FREIE FAHRT - Maria Eichhorn

Time Magazine Cover - Robert Rauschenberg

Douglas Gordon - 5 year drive-by; proposal for a public artwork.

Aus: Katalog 'Kunst bleibt Kunst' - Hans Peter Feldman

Battery Park City - Per Kirkeby

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

Project for the Initiative Mahnmal Homosexuellenverfolgung, Frankfurt  - Jeff Wall

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4295
24.05.2011
Tides, Wind and Sails - Holger C. Lönze
WWW
Tides, Wind and Sails Context The island of Rathlin and its mainland port of Ballycastle on the north-eastern coast of Co. Antrim are linked by one of the most challenging tidal waters of Northern Europe: the Street of Moyle. These difficult sea con ...
Tides, Wind and Sails Context The island of Rathlin and its mainland port of Ballycastle on the north-eastern coast of Co. Antrim are linked by one of the most challenging tidal waters of Northern Europe: the Street of Moyle. These difficult sea con ...
W5128
18.09.2012
Berliner Bahnhöfer - Saana Inari
WWW
About the project called 'Berliner Bahnhöfer', in Berlin, 18.09.2012 Saana Inari info@saana-inari.net Moving to Berlin, it is almost impossible to ignore the history of the city. As I am interested on how cities are structured and how people move ...
About the project called 'Berliner Bahnhöfer', in Berlin, 18.09.2012 Saana Inari info@saana-inari.net Moving to Berlin, it is almost impossible to ignore the history of the city. As I am interested on how cities are structured and how people move ...
W3981
21.05.2011
Stuart Keeler
WWW
Aurora is a sculptural work that connects the citizen to the street with seating, lighting and sculptural forms. The work offers daytime and nighttime animation with a sculptural gesture of the familiar forms. Powered by a series of low wattage LED light ...
Aurora is a sculptural work that connects the citizen to the street with seating, lighting and sculptural forms. The work offers daytime and nighttime animation with a sculptural gesture of the familiar forms. Powered by a series of low wattage LED light ...
W3966
21.05.2011
D.V. Rogers
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LAMoves (LA*02010) - Are You Prepared? Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California 14th October - 21st October 2010 ©© D.V. Rogers 02010 url: http://la02010.allshookup.org Are You Sure You're Prepared? LAMoves was a socially driven, art-science ...
LAMoves (LA*02010) - Are You Prepared? Pershing Square, Los Angeles, California 14th October - 21st October 2010 ©© D.V. Rogers 02010 url: http://la02010.allshookup.org Are You Sure You're Prepared? LAMoves was a socially driven, art-science ...
W5208
04.10.2012
Lure - Noa Nahari
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Noa Nahari Name: Lure Year: 2013/4 Neo Marxism claims the media are a tool to handle capitalistic power that wishes to exploit the working class to earn more money. For example, communication channels will produce programs that specifically attract a ...
Noa Nahari Name: Lure Year: 2013/4 Neo Marxism claims the media are a tool to handle capitalistic power that wishes to exploit the working class to earn more money. For example, communication channels will produce programs that specifically attract a ...
W4878
09.08.2012
Breathless - Peter Grzybowski
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Breathless Performance art by AWACS Group from 1980 - 1987 Project objective: - introduction of work by AWACS Group - AWACS and its place in history of Polish performance art - emphasizing of the political aspect of the Group's activity during the Ma ...
Breathless Performance art by AWACS Group from 1980 - 1987 Project objective: - introduction of work by AWACS Group - AWACS and its place in history of Polish performance art - emphasizing of the political aspect of the Group's activity during the Ma ...
W4034
22.05.2011
Juarez's Feet - Renato Garza Cervera
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"Juarez's Feet" is a work in process which pretends to build someday in India a monument that will work as the extension of the monument dedicated to Benito Juarez in Mexico's capital city. Mexico and India are antipodal territories in the northern hem ...
"Juarez's Feet" is a work in process which pretends to build someday in India a monument that will work as the extension of the monument dedicated to Benito Juarez in Mexico's capital city. Mexico and India are antipodal territories in the northern hem ...
W4884
10.08.2012
Magazine: 2012 - Caroline Jaine
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Magazine: 2012 is the first exhibition not to be held at the newly acquired Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The show features works by British artists Janice Wilkins and Caroline Jaine and includes: Anonymising the Magazine, Free Libyan Youth, Chromakey, Ico ...
Magazine: 2012 is the first exhibition not to be held at the newly acquired Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The show features works by British artists Janice Wilkins and Caroline Jaine and includes: Anonymising the Magazine, Free Libyan Youth, Chromakey, Ico ...
U9869
01.01.1997
"Free Space" - Michelangelo Pistoletto
Unbuilt Roads
Large cage of iron rods without any entrance. A tag is fastened, outside, in the middle of each of the four sides, saying "The Free Space". "Free Space" From the book "100 exhibitions in the month of October" 1976; Recipe n. 90 Pistoletto ...
Large cage of iron rods without any entrance. A tag is fastened, outside, in the middle of each of the four sides, saying "The Free Space". "Free Space" From the book "100 exhibitions in the month of October" 1976; Recipe n. 90 Pistoletto ...
W3873
19.05.2011
CHINATOWN RUN - Derek Michael Besant
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Project: CHINATOWN RUN Client: City of Calgary Development Dept. / Canada Date: 2010 Retrofit of elements into existing Centre Street Chinatown District of Calgary Alberta Canada. The idea was to enhance the 3 blocks along Centre Street with t ...
Project: CHINATOWN RUN Client: City of Calgary Development Dept. / Canada Date: 2010 Retrofit of elements into existing Centre Street Chinatown District of Calgary Alberta Canada. The idea was to enhance the 3 blocks along Centre Street with t ...
W3865
19.05.2011
23rd Street Station MTA PROPOSAL 5-5-00 - Chris Twomey
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The concept for this proposal evolved from my own experience riding the subway line last year when I had to travel with my infant. I would board the train at rush hour with her sleeping snugly positioned in my body. Then, I noticed the harried and tired ...
The concept for this proposal evolved from my own experience riding the subway line last year when I had to travel with my infant. I would board the train at rush hour with her sleeping snugly positioned in my body. Then, I noticed the harried and tired ...
W4852
08.08.2012
Ada Muntean
WWW
These are 2 photos of 2 experimental works which consist in the process of the reconstruction of possible realities from former realities. Basicaly they are stripes (cut from photos and drawings) reordered and sticked in a different way from the initial.. ...
These are 2 photos of 2 experimental works which consist in the process of the reconstruction of possible realities from former realities. Basicaly they are stripes (cut from photos and drawings) reordered and sticked in a different way from the initial.. ...
W4701
26.05.2011
Transferable skills / Compétances transfèrables - Erin Fortier and Scott Soullière
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Transferable skills | Compétances transfèrables A site-specific installation in Ford City, Windsor-Detroit in the aftermath of the North American automotive industry crash. Both Soullière and Fortier were born and raised in Windsor.... ...
Transferable skills | Compétances transfèrables A site-specific installation in Ford City, Windsor-Detroit in the aftermath of the North American automotive industry crash. Both Soullière and Fortier were born and raised in Windsor.... ...
W5259
12.10.2012
Kusmi Tea Sweet Love - Rosana Sancin
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Kusmi Tea Sweet Love Concept and Location:. The project Kusmi Tea Sweet Love is a collaboration between a curator, lawyer, architect and a filmmaker based on the research conducted in Lisbon's multicultural ...
Kusmi Tea Sweet Love Concept and Location:. The project Kusmi Tea Sweet Love is a collaboration between a curator, lawyer, architect and a filmmaker based on the research conducted in Lisbon's multicultural ...
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 ...
U9968
25.03.1997
Passage - Richard Wentworth
Unbuilt Roads
In August 1996 I was invited to propose a pedestrian bridge across the river Thames to connect St Pauls Cathedral to the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art. Realising that bridges are conventionally controlled by the economics of wheeled traffic, and invariab ...
In August 1996 I was invited to propose a pedestrian bridge across the river Thames to connect St Pauls Cathedral to the new Tate Gallery of Modern Art. Realising that bridges are conventionally controlled by the economics of wheeled traffic, and invariab ...
W4603
25.05.2011
FOOD | CITIES | EATS - allan siegel
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• The Unrealised Project FOOD | CITIES | EATS was to be created from themes relating to food production, shopping routines and the public and private spaces shaped by the needs of human survival, economic competition and social interaction. It was to d ...
• The Unrealised Project FOOD | CITIES | EATS was to be created from themes relating to food production, shopping routines and the public and private spaces shaped by the needs of human survival, economic competition and social interaction. It was to d ...
W4265
24.05.2011
Kristin Jones / Andrew Ginzel
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Project for Hypothetical Pond Sonsbeek Arnheim, The Netherlands 1986 ...
Project for Hypothetical Pond Sonsbeek Arnheim, The Netherlands 1986 ...
W5024
31.08.2012
Generali Project - Omri Livne
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Generali Project. Generali Project is a project I started to develop this year in Vienna, Austria and transferred to Jerusalem, I eventually fitted it to the needs of Jerusalem, Israel. The project is in format of a lecture or projected presentation as ...
Generali Project. Generali Project is a project I started to develop this year in Vienna, Austria and transferred to Jerusalem, I eventually fitted it to the needs of Jerusalem, Israel. The project is in format of a lecture or projected presentation as ...
W3792
18.05.2011
TYRE GARDEN - Agnieszka Wolodzko
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Participatory action with a catastrophy in the background. My project is based on an assumption that in future, in result of economic / political / climatic crises, European cities, will surrender to a total degradation and it will gradually get a char ...
Participatory action with a catastrophy in the background. My project is based on an assumption that in future, in result of economic / political / climatic crises, European cities, will surrender to a total degradation and it will gradually get a char ...
W3715
17.05.2011
Deck Chair Gateway
 Proposal
 for 
Broward 
County, 
FL
 - Mags Harries & Lajos Héder
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Increasingly, large‐scale buildings isolate surrounding neighborhoods from Broward County’s coast. An iconic gateway could reconnect the community to the water. DeckChair Gateway will rise up 14 Ft, offering a shaded passageway to the beach and a land ...
Increasingly, large‐scale buildings isolate surrounding neighborhoods from Broward County’s coast. An iconic gateway could reconnect the community to the water. DeckChair Gateway will rise up 14 Ft, offering a shaded passageway to the beach and a land ...
W5065
04.09.2012
The Canon - Stephanie Radok
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The unrealised project is called 'The canon'. The unrealised project is called 'The canon'. It involves casting 1,001 books representing the canon of Western literature. A list of the books, the rejected works and the reasons for the choices made form ...
The unrealised project is called 'The canon'. The unrealised project is called 'The canon'. It involves casting 1,001 books representing the canon of Western literature. A list of the books, the rejected works and the reasons for the choices made form ...
W4636
25.05.2011
C.Q - Ioanna Pantazopoulou
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C.Q., 2010 honey jars, cosmetic containers, lipsticks, glue, mirror C.Q. is a maquette study for a fantastical monument, a ‘Disney Palace on acid’, a tribute to Beauty. It is an arrangement of cosmetics that are used as pigments to add tones to ...
C.Q., 2010 honey jars, cosmetic containers, lipsticks, glue, mirror C.Q. is a maquette study for a fantastical monument, a ‘Disney Palace on acid’, a tribute to Beauty. It is an arrangement of cosmetics that are used as pigments to add tones to ...
W4745
26.05.2011
Solar City Tower for Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics - Rafael Schmidt, RAFAA
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International Architecture Competition for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. „The project under consideration should be located in the bay of the city of Rio de Janeiro on the Cotonduba Island, which is the obligatory approach for aircraft la ...
International Architecture Competition for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. „The project under consideration should be located in the bay of the city of Rio de Janeiro on the Cotonduba Island, which is the obligatory approach for aircraft la ...
W4988
28.08.2012
mamila pOOl - c a l c (omi - Thomas Scheiderbauer)
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mamila pOOl* we call a project which we wanted to realize downtown Jerusalem. During a visit in Israel 2003 our friend Tal Adler showed us this amazing huge and empty space/pool - and we started do a research and to imagine.. For the Mamilla Pool we e ...
mamila pOOl* we call a project which we wanted to realize downtown Jerusalem. During a visit in Israel 2003 our friend Tal Adler showed us this amazing huge and empty space/pool - and we started do a research and to imagine.. For the Mamilla Pool we e ...
W4466
25.05.2011
LEAVE UR MYTH - Lea Petrou
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LEAVE UR MYTH, 2007 For a never realized exhibition at the city of Sarajevo, I proposed a floor-based installation that consists of some hundreds of souvenir bottles of ouzo, (4.5 x 4.5 x 15 cm each). The miniature bottles have the shape of Evzonas, a ...
LEAVE UR MYTH, 2007 For a never realized exhibition at the city of Sarajevo, I proposed a floor-based installation that consists of some hundreds of souvenir bottles of ouzo, (4.5 x 4.5 x 15 cm each). The miniature bottles have the shape of Evzonas, a ...