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.

Double Exposure 1995-6  - Dan Graham

Festival du film de famille - Pierre Huyghe

Grand Concours International D'Architecture  - Mahe Gilles

Unrealized Turtles 1967 - Joseph Grigely

Notebook Page: Home in the Form of a Banana with Garage,  - Claes Oldenburg

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

Post Photographic apparatus - Steven Pippin

Monumento all'agricoltura 1969-70 - Alighiero Boetti

Electronic Theater - Laurie Anderson

The Rosetta Garden - Gary Simmons

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4152
23.05.2011
She - Cornford & Cross
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We proposed to position an eternal flame in physical and symbolic relation to the Lion statue in Forbury Gardens, Reading, England.. The Lion commemorates a battle in 1880 in Maiwand, Afghanistan — Britain’s last military involvement in Afghanistan b ...
We proposed to position an eternal flame in physical and symbolic relation to the Lion statue in Forbury Gardens, Reading, England.. The Lion commemorates a battle in 1880 in Maiwand, Afghanistan — Britain’s last military involvement in Afghanistan b ...
W4401
25.05.2011
Proposal for Museo de Arte, Sacramento, Mexico. - Ursula Nistrup
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Proposal for Museo de Arte, Sacramento, Mexico. The project I would like to propose is informed by the unique conditions you have created for the Museum as an abstract entity. It is inspired by ’The Idea of the North’ by the pianist and composer Gl ...
Proposal for Museo de Arte, Sacramento, Mexico. The project I would like to propose is informed by the unique conditions you have created for the Museum as an abstract entity. It is inspired by ’The Idea of the North’ by the pianist and composer Gl ...
W3976
21.05.2011
Batya cavens
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My body of work investigates, probes and puts to the test the boundaries of fine art. The concept is: traversing those formal academic and established definitions, and reaching into the academy of the street . ...
My body of work investigates, probes and puts to the test the boundaries of fine art. The concept is: traversing those formal academic and established definitions, and reaching into the academy of the street . ...
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 ...
W4963
21.08.2012
At Knifepoint - Art Van Triest
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At knifepoint is an interactive installation that moves with the body of the spectator. the knives all stay at 10 cm from the body http://youtu.be/7ELCRr9fBGw ...
At knifepoint is an interactive installation that moves with the body of the spectator. the knives all stay at 10 cm from the body http://youtu.be/7ELCRr9fBGw ...
W5340
18.10.2012
Didaskalia - Helly Mizrai
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"Didaskalia" is a site-specific installation. Didaskalia divided into two acts, The two acts are almost similar, in Didaskalia the work creates repetitions by multiplying the three first spaces twice. About the work In the suggested work I contin ...
"Didaskalia" is a site-specific installation. Didaskalia divided into two acts, The two acts are almost similar, in Didaskalia the work creates repetitions by multiplying the three first spaces twice. About the work In the suggested work I contin ...
W3695
16.05.2011
Vladimar and Rosa (2011) - Anne Colvin
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Vladimar and Rosa (2011) is a fictional dance company created and produced by artist Anne Colvin. Their first production "The Kids Play Russian" will never be realized. A hybrid dance installation influenced by experimental film strategies plays out as f ...
Vladimar and Rosa (2011) is a fictional dance company created and produced by artist Anne Colvin. Their first production "The Kids Play Russian" will never be realized. A hybrid dance installation influenced by experimental film strategies plays out as f ...
W4916
15.08.2012
Phobos self-degradation  - Toby Huddlestone
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Toby Huddlestone Unrealised Proposal Phobos self-degradation – the artist sends a form of self-degrading archival document (time-capsule) to the Mars moon Phobos. Stickney crater, Phobos. Imaged by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, March 23, 2008. ...
Toby Huddlestone Unrealised Proposal Phobos self-degradation – the artist sends a form of self-degrading archival document (time-capsule) to the Mars moon Phobos. Stickney crater, Phobos. Imaged by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, March 23, 2008. ...
W4393
25.05.2011
Ground Control - Sylvia Schwenk
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SYLVIA SCHWENK PROJECT CONCEPT STATEMENT Ground Control is a work of participatory performance art that will be presented in two stages. The first stage will be a live performance that will take place at night-time by everyday-people-cum-performers ...
SYLVIA SCHWENK PROJECT CONCEPT STATEMENT Ground Control is a work of participatory performance art that will be presented in two stages. The first stage will be a live performance that will take place at night-time by everyday-people-cum-performers ...
U9690
01.01.1995
Untitled, modeled after the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal...  - Jenny Holzer
Unbuilt Roads
Title of the project: Untitled, modeled after the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal, a lazer projection of Lustmord texts onto a 1913 Battle of nations Monument. (100yr in Leipzig, Germany anniversary of 1813 battle) Description: Jenny s ...
Title of the project: Untitled, modeled after the Leipzig Völkerschlachtdenkmal, a lazer projection of Lustmord texts onto a 1913 Battle of nations Monument. (100yr in Leipzig, Germany anniversary of 1813 battle) Description: Jenny s ...
W4267
24.05.2011
“Truth Highway” - Jiivanii RedMarks
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“Truth Highway” The Abstract Artist: Jiivanii RedMarks © 2007 Location: Jamaica “Truth Highway” is an Outdoor Sculpture represented by a transparent glass stairway, standing at about twenty-five meters off the ground or infinity. This escalato ...
“Truth Highway” The Abstract Artist: Jiivanii RedMarks © 2007 Location: Jamaica “Truth Highway” is an Outdoor Sculpture represented by a transparent glass stairway, standing at about twenty-five meters off the ground or infinity. This escalato ...
U9828
01.01.1970
Invitation Space No.1 - Tania Mouraud
Unbuilt Roads
1 carré en béton dimension 150 cm epaisseur 15 cm, accroché au flauc d 'une monVague Publications: Galerie "Ben donte de tout" 1971 (Invitation à l'exposition Mouraud) feuille volaute Galerie LP 220, Turin, Milan "Paysage sonore urbain" Be ...
1 carré en béton dimension 150 cm epaisseur 15 cm, accroché au flauc d 'une monVague Publications: Galerie "Ben donte de tout" 1971 (Invitation à l'exposition Mouraud) feuille volaute Galerie LP 220, Turin, Milan "Paysage sonore urbain" Be ...
W4615
25.05.2011
Tia-Simone Gardner
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The project that I am working on is a more involved video project, developed out of an installation of stills, that will re-narrate, and re-edit, Ousmane Sembene's 1966 film 'La noire de.' I began the ground work for this project over a year ago while thi ...
The project that I am working on is a more involved video project, developed out of an installation of stills, that will re-narrate, and re-edit, Ousmane Sembene's 1966 film 'La noire de.' I began the ground work for this project over a year ago while thi ...
W4881
09.08.2012
Re:Structure - David Goodman / Jay Paavonpera
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Re:Structure encourages investigation of imagery dismantled from architectonic relationships and urban structures. for this exhibition, we propose to create a unique multi-dimensional experience that acts to facilitate a principled understanding of our im ...
Re:Structure encourages investigation of imagery dismantled from architectonic relationships and urban structures. for this exhibition, we propose to create a unique multi-dimensional experience that acts to facilitate a principled understanding of our im ...
W3592
13.05.2011
ROTTEN SHARKS - paololuca barbieri
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This Film is never been made but it has a phantom on the web at: www.rottensharks.com by Alterazioni Video EXT- NORDIC SEA – SUNDOWN A former fisherman’s boat, now just a dingy filled with a crew of desperados, is roaming along the cold ...
This Film is never been made but it has a phantom on the web at: www.rottensharks.com by Alterazioni Video EXT- NORDIC SEA – SUNDOWN A former fisherman’s boat, now just a dingy filled with a crew of desperados, is roaming along the cold ...
W3606
13.05.2011
Recent Work Not Done - Buzz Spector
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Date: 13 May 2011 To: The Agency of Unrealized Projects From: Buzz Spector RE: Recent Work Not Done My unrealized project is an artists’ book compilation of every artmaking idea or curatorial proposition I have had since 1972, but which ...
Date: 13 May 2011 To: The Agency of Unrealized Projects From: Buzz Spector RE: Recent Work Not Done My unrealized project is an artists’ book compilation of every artmaking idea or curatorial proposition I have had since 1972, but which ...
W5028
31.08.2012
100 Minutes from the Lives of Shadows - János Xantus
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'100 Minutes from the Lives of Shadows' A film of characters who are ignorent of being characters of a film. Except one of them... This "l'art pour l'art screenplay" was written by my friend Jean-Daniel Magnin and myself some twenty years ago. 1 ...
'100 Minutes from the Lives of Shadows' A film of characters who are ignorent of being characters of a film. Except one of them... This "l'art pour l'art screenplay" was written by my friend Jean-Daniel Magnin and myself some twenty years ago. 1 ...
W3686
16.05.2011
Residue - christopher whittey
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5/16/2011 Having gone through more than sufficient amounts of red tape, I procured permission to acquire shredded U.S. currency from a Federal Reserve Bank located in downtown Baltimore. Over the course of a few months, I picked up an estimated 40-50 m ...
5/16/2011 Having gone through more than sufficient amounts of red tape, I procured permission to acquire shredded U.S. currency from a Federal Reserve Bank located in downtown Baltimore. Over the course of a few months, I picked up an estimated 40-50 m ...
W4683
26.05.2011
B/M/E: time reconfigured onsite & online 2002-2032  - Robert Lawrence
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B/M/E: time reconfigured onsite & online 2002-2032 Beginning/Middle/End is a 30 year series of site-specific installations/performances/interventions, with augmenting web components. Choreographing threads of multiple strategies through physical and vir ...
B/M/E: time reconfigured onsite & online 2002-2032 Beginning/Middle/End is a 30 year series of site-specific installations/performances/interventions, with augmenting web components. Choreographing threads of multiple strategies through physical and vir ...
W3948
20.05.2011
¿Che pasa?/Doesn't matter! - Beatrice Crastini
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Project presented to Frieze Committee, year 2009 In any case i think that this project was in advance before of the Italian "bungabunga" scandal. Project: ¿Che pasa?/Doesn't matter! Recession, crisis, war, record price per barrel, unemployment, ...
Project presented to Frieze Committee, year 2009 In any case i think that this project was in advance before of the Italian "bungabunga" scandal. Project: ¿Che pasa?/Doesn't matter! Recession, crisis, war, record price per barrel, unemployment, ...
W4094
23.05.2011
UNREALIZEABLE PROJECT A000008 - Stefano W. Pasquini
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UNREALIZEABLE PROJECT A000008: The gallery wall gets shot with a machine gun. The project almost got realized in 1996 in a gallery in Maastricht. Unfortunately the Dutch Police wouldn't allow the shooting to happen, even without public, and advised the us ...
UNREALIZEABLE PROJECT A000008: The gallery wall gets shot with a machine gun. The project almost got realized in 1996 in a gallery in Maastricht. Unfortunately the Dutch Police wouldn't allow the shooting to happen, even without public, and advised the us ...
W5292
16.10.2012
Along horizontality - Joanna Geldard
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Along horizontality Joanna Geldard My studies into the nature of horizontality extend to integrate an approach to space and site in non-spaces/in-between spaces. It aims to negotiate and contribute to the interpretations of non-spaces on the ed ...
Along horizontality Joanna Geldard My studies into the nature of horizontality extend to integrate an approach to space and site in non-spaces/in-between spaces. It aims to negotiate and contribute to the interpretations of non-spaces on the ed ...
W3881
19.05.2011
Ned James & the Swifts
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Proposal: Part 1. Use the artists fee to place 1000 £1 bets on the races during St Patrick’s Day. Dressed as the embodiment of St Patrick placing the bets one after another will take all day and create a performance of endurance and intrigue. T ...
Proposal: Part 1. Use the artists fee to place 1000 £1 bets on the races during St Patrick’s Day. Dressed as the embodiment of St Patrick placing the bets one after another will take all day and create a performance of endurance and intrigue. T ...
W4141
23.05.2011
Kisses for Paris - betty tompkins
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Kisses for Paris A number of years ago, I was asked by a French critic visiting my studio, what I would do for a public space project she was thinking of organizing in Paris. I immediately said that I would want to cover Pairs with kisses. What I e ...
Kisses for Paris A number of years ago, I was asked by a French critic visiting my studio, what I would do for a public space project she was thinking of organizing in Paris. I immediately said that I would want to cover Pairs with kisses. What I e ...
W5342
18.10.2012
JEANNE TRIPIER JEANNE D'ARC - Paul Amlehn
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Hi. My name is Paul Amlehn. My previous work has been exhibited at Art Basel and the Venice Biennale, and is held in the collections of MoMA, ZKM, and documenta archives. The work I am submitting is an outline for a performance work that was never realize ...
Hi. My name is Paul Amlehn. My previous work has been exhibited at Art Basel and the Venice Biennale, and is held in the collections of MoMA, ZKM, and documenta archives. The work I am submitting is an outline for a performance work that was never realize ...
W4565
25.05.2011
FICTITIOUS ISLANDS  - Eduardo Villanueva
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FICTITIOUS ISLANDS A proyect by : Eduardo Villanueva & the sightless people of Murcia; for the new life residency Manifesta 8, Murcia Spain. 2010 Experimenting with the consciousness and interacting with blind people is the main argument here to presen ...
FICTITIOUS ISLANDS A proyect by : Eduardo Villanueva & the sightless people of Murcia; for the new life residency Manifesta 8, Murcia Spain. 2010 Experimenting with the consciousness and interacting with blind people is the main argument here to presen ...