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.

No title, as the project only reached proposal stage - Rikrit Tiravanija

654 THINGS from The United States - Edward Ruscha

Art and Ourselves: A Proposal for the city of Nordhorn - Allen Rupperssberg

Eight Days a Week - Joe Scanlan

Untitled, modeled after the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal...  - Jenny Holzer

Unrealized Projects - Jonas Meckas

Social Resource Project For the Munich Olympics - Stephen Willats

den anonymen Tod ausstellen - Gregor Schneider

Jake and Dinos Chapman's five proposals for an empty plinth situated on central londons trafalgar square - Jake and Dinos Chapman

The Clock - Ayse Erkmen

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4208
24.05.2011
One-way toilet - Will Foster
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One-way toilet. Shitting in the street. 2001 A toilet for public use is sited in an inner city location. The walls of the toilet are made entirely from Pellicle mirror glass, which is partially reflective and partially transparent. ...
One-way toilet. Shitting in the street. 2001 A toilet for public use is sited in an inner city location. The walls of the toilet are made entirely from Pellicle mirror glass, which is partially reflective and partially transparent. ...
W5100
13.09.2012
je vois passer les roses - Copa & Sordes
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One more idea for ornaments in public space and in private life. See PDF ...
One more idea for ornaments in public space and in private life. See PDF ...
W5300
17.10.2012
Armenie ville - Claudio Gobbi
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Armenie ville * Armenie ville is a photo installation and artist's book project conceived originally during my artist's residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2007, Year of Armenia in France. The images presented here are pages of the ...
Armenie ville * Armenie ville is a photo installation and artist's book project conceived originally during my artist's residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2007, Year of Armenia in France. The images presented here are pages of the ...
W3931
20.05.2011
Random Identity Forum (“RIF”) - ANNA LASCARI
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The “Identity Flag” can be reviewed at: www.annalascari.net/RIF Project Description “RIF” (Random Identity Forum) is an interactive installation that allows users to participate in and comment on the political and socio-economic policie ...
The “Identity Flag” can be reviewed at: www.annalascari.net/RIF Project Description “RIF” (Random Identity Forum) is an interactive installation that allows users to participate in and comment on the political and socio-economic policie ...
W4406
25.05.2011
Incongruous Runaway Homes, to run away with or to run to. - Eleanna Horiti
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Incongruous Runaway Homes, to run away with or to run to. A formulation of childhood visions The Runaway Roulotte was to be made of wooden planks and mud! A bicycle wheel with pedals attached to it and cart wheels. Its most important feature was tha ...
Incongruous Runaway Homes, to run away with or to run to. A formulation of childhood visions The Runaway Roulotte was to be made of wooden planks and mud! A bicycle wheel with pedals attached to it and cart wheels. Its most important feature was tha ...
W5203
03.10.2012
Blueprint - Peter J Hoffmeister
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With the “Blueprint” series I seek to draw a new experience from the blueprint, something not normally considered for artistic purposes. My process utilizes the cyanotype print, which was the process first used to make modern blueprints beginning in. ...
With the “Blueprint” series I seek to draw a new experience from the blueprint, something not normally considered for artistic purposes. My process utilizes the cyanotype print, which was the process first used to make modern blueprints beginning in. ...
W4750
27.05.2011
l’Arc d’University Street - Jack Mackie
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For the better part of the last 75 years, Seattle’s Alaska Way Viaduct has dominated Seattle’s Central Waterfront. Now scheduled for demolition, Seattle will, as apparently planned, simply clearcut the viaduct form the waterfront in as attempted exor ...
For the better part of the last 75 years, Seattle’s Alaska Way Viaduct has dominated Seattle’s Central Waterfront. Now scheduled for demolition, Seattle will, as apparently planned, simply clearcut the viaduct form the waterfront in as attempted exor ...
W4594
25.05.2011
Monastic garden in an edge space of a retail park, London, UK - Peter Ainsworth
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Monastic garden in an edge space of a retail park, London, UK Space that is on the peripheries of major roads and towns has a distinctly singular usage: to consume. Out of town shopping malls, retail parks have an inexplicable draw, yet they also have ...
Monastic garden in an edge space of a retail park, London, UK Space that is on the peripheries of major roads and towns has a distinctly singular usage: to consume. Out of town shopping malls, retail parks have an inexplicable draw, yet they also have ...
W4641
25.05.2011
Unrealized Project: - Diana Clarke
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Unrealized Project: One of my unrealized projects is an exhibition about exhibition making. The exhibition as a medium in itself is becoming popularly appreciated, and is only beginning to become understood. We are in a time when such an exhibition wou ...
Unrealized Project: One of my unrealized projects is an exhibition about exhibition making. The exhibition as a medium in itself is becoming popularly appreciated, and is only beginning to become understood. We are in a time when such an exhibition wou ...
W4268
24.05.2011
The Winter Garden - Kristin Jones / Andrew Ginzel
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Proposal for The Winter Garden New York City 1986 ...
Proposal for The Winter Garden New York City 1986 ...
W5410
20.10.2012
Things For An Urban Neighbourhood Cleansing (After Kinmont) - Ann Fuata
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Things For An Urban Neighbourhood Cleansing (After Kinmont) is a series of 11 photographs of the artist holding a collection of domestic objects for an urban cleansing. These photographs were meant to become a unified image using a lenticular printing... ...
Things For An Urban Neighbourhood Cleansing (After Kinmont) is a series of 11 photographs of the artist holding a collection of domestic objects for an urban cleansing. These photographs were meant to become a unified image using a lenticular printing... ...
W4794
14.06.2011
The Biggest Painting - Joost van Oss
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The biggest painting. ...
W4248
24.05.2011
Travis Brown
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Leaving New York City and heading to Florida for my Spring Break sounded like a great idea, beaches and relaxation is just what I needed. Being the photographer that I am led me to discover an abandoned subdivision within Loxahatchee, Florida referred to ...
Leaving New York City and heading to Florida for my Spring Break sounded like a great idea, beaches and relaxation is just what I needed. Being the photographer that I am led me to discover an abandoned subdivision within Loxahatchee, Florida referred to ...
W3671
15.05.2011
Before The Gates Of Our Vacant Future - Joseph Shaeffer
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Project initially proposed for the Garage Center For Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia which is housed in the historic Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage designed by Konstantin Melnikov in 1926. “Before the gates of our vacant future.” Thus reads the ope ...
Project initially proposed for the Garage Center For Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Russia which is housed in the historic Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage designed by Konstantin Melnikov in 1926. “Before the gates of our vacant future.” Thus reads the ope ...
W3863
19.05.2011
RE:BORN - Chris Twomey
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“RE:BORN” is a futuristic art installation challenging our direction as a species, our choices in our lives, and our genetic choices for a future life and its ramifications. It is an opportunity to participate in a sci-fi art fantasy, perhaps soon to ...
“RE:BORN” is a futuristic art installation challenging our direction as a species, our choices in our lives, and our genetic choices for a future life and its ramifications. It is an opportunity to participate in a sci-fi art fantasy, perhaps soon to ...
W4259
24.05.2011
Why leave the shelter? - Arcady Kotler
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Why leave the shelter? (The Tale of the construction of my shell) I don’t even remember when construction of the shelter started, but it happened somehow unnoticeably. When I was young it was nothing like a fortress, but just big opened space with e ...
Why leave the shelter? (The Tale of the construction of my shell) I don’t even remember when construction of the shelter started, but it happened somehow unnoticeably. When I was young it was nothing like a fortress, but just big opened space with e ...
W4534
25.05.2011
KOWTOW - ONE CHINA ONLY -- A LONELY EMPEROR - Vincent J.F. HUANG
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KOWTOW ONE CHINA ONLY -- A LONELY EMPEROR VINCENT J.F. HUANG When China became the world’s second best economic entity, and when financial crisis strongly wounded every other nation’s economy, China’s emergence seemed to turn it into a global p ...
KOWTOW ONE CHINA ONLY -- A LONELY EMPEROR VINCENT J.F. HUANG When China became the world’s second best economic entity, and when financial crisis strongly wounded every other nation’s economy, China’s emergence seemed to turn it into a global p ...
W4101
23.05.2011
« CREPUSCULE MATINALE »  - RAFFAELLA DELLA OLGA
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« Crepuscule Matinale - homage to Erik Satie » is a project where the ventilation ducts of the Georges Pompidou Centre forecourt receive a makeover and put on an act of playing Furniture Music, the brain child of Erik Satie between 1917 and 1923. By eq ...
« Crepuscule Matinale - homage to Erik Satie » is a project where the ventilation ducts of the Georges Pompidou Centre forecourt receive a makeover and put on an act of playing Furniture Music, the brain child of Erik Satie between 1917 and 1923. By eq ...
W10185
04.04.2014
Robot Building Museum Shop from MCA to DIA - Maymay Jumsai
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My proposal is to make a museum shop for the Robot Building my father designed. I’m asian, I have a strong family value. The Robot Building was part of the project ‘City on the Move’, that went to Venice Biennale in 1996. We had to pay for the ship ...
My proposal is to make a museum shop for the Robot Building my father designed. I’m asian, I have a strong family value. The Robot Building was part of the project ‘City on the Move’, that went to Venice Biennale in 1996. We had to pay for the ship ...
W4109
23.05.2011
Floating Gardens of Rock City - Liliane Lijn
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Floating Gardens of Rock City 1970 63.5 x 53 cm Collaged newspaper / magazine cuttings mounted on coloured card Exhibited in Propositions for Unrealised Projects Howard Wise Gallery, New York A set of four collages in which I visualised transform ...
Floating Gardens of Rock City 1970 63.5 x 53 cm Collaged newspaper / magazine cuttings mounted on coloured card Exhibited in Propositions for Unrealised Projects Howard Wise Gallery, New York A set of four collages in which I visualised transform ...
W3854
19.05.2011
Yu-Hang Huang
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I am always interested in “Transitional” or “In Between” -a process of transformation. I believe that the transitional state is one kind of human conditions that we all have to face sometime in our live. ...
I am always interested in “Transitional” or “In Between” -a process of transformation. I believe that the transitional state is one kind of human conditions that we all have to face sometime in our live. ...
W5021
31.08.2012
Speakers Platform - Dimitris Dokatzis
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SPEAKERS’ PLATFORM Concept of work ‘SPEAKERS’ PLATFORM’ is inspired by the protests that took place in Athens in the summer of 2011 across Syntagma (Constitution) Square. The protesters, known as “disappointed citizens”, in line with t ...
SPEAKERS’ PLATFORM Concept of work ‘SPEAKERS’ PLATFORM’ is inspired by the protests that took place in Athens in the summer of 2011 across Syntagma (Constitution) Square. The protesters, known as “disappointed citizens”, in line with t ...
W5465
21.10.2012
Letters from the Earth - Joe Cantrell
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a cross-generational piece that repurposes electronic waste into technologically mediated messages to future generations. Plastic comprises a vast amount of the material used to make the electronic consumer products that have become so much a part of our ...
a cross-generational piece that repurposes electronic waste into technologically mediated messages to future generations. Plastic comprises a vast amount of the material used to make the electronic consumer products that have become so much a part of our ...
W3879
19.05.2011
SPLASH - Derek Michael Besant
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Seating in the Epcore Centre for Performing Arts turns into an oil spill Client: Epcore Centre for Performing Arts / Calgary Alberta Canada Date: 1990 Central hall of new Epcore Centre designed as public seating area at base of Splash. Sculptur ...
Seating in the Epcore Centre for Performing Arts turns into an oil spill Client: Epcore Centre for Performing Arts / Calgary Alberta Canada Date: 1990 Central hall of new Epcore Centre designed as public seating area at base of Splash. Sculptur ...
W5036
01.09.2012
The Woodsquat Commemorative Pool Party - Gabriel Saloman
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Gabriel Saloman The Woodsquat Commemorative Pool Party In the Fall of 2011, in response to call for artworks that addressed the site-specificity of Simon Fraser University's new campus in the heart of Vancouver's impoverished and turbulent Downtown ...
Gabriel Saloman The Woodsquat Commemorative Pool Party In the Fall of 2011, in response to call for artworks that addressed the site-specificity of Simon Fraser University's new campus in the heart of Vancouver's impoverished and turbulent Downtown ...
W3528
11.05.2011
MARS / SPIRIT 2009/12 - KLAUS HU
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KLAUS HU Studio Wildenbruch 77 12045 Berlin / Germany tel (49).30.68081524 em: klaushu[at]yahoo.de KLAUS HU IS REPRESENTED BY VG BILD-KUNST. TRILOGY MARS DESERT BEACH 2006/12 MARS DESERT BEACH 2006/10 http://klaushu.blogspot.com/ MAR ...
KLAUS HU Studio Wildenbruch 77 12045 Berlin / Germany tel (49).30.68081524 em: klaushu[at]yahoo.de KLAUS HU IS REPRESENTED BY VG BILD-KUNST. TRILOGY MARS DESERT BEACH 2006/12 MARS DESERT BEACH 2006/10 http://klaushu.blogspot.com/ MAR ...