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.

The Clock - Ayse Erkmen

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

Isometric Projection - Sol Lewitt

Brücke Wein-Kanal Arch. Hermann Czech, Wein - Franz West

Niemandsland - Hans Haacke

Social Resource Project For the Munich Olympics - Stephen Willats

MAK - Wien  - Rosemarie Trockel

Electronic Theater - Laurie Anderson

La Guerra De Los Simbolos - Victor Grippo

Broadway Musicals - Christian Marclay

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W5171
26.09.2012
Park a person - Heidi Stokes
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Park a person traces an individual’s life and their highs and lows. The piece offers an unusual treatment. Every individual troubled, can go to a space were you can park yourself, as a place for refuge or time out. Based on a true documented account. ...
Park a person traces an individual’s life and their highs and lows. The piece offers an unusual treatment. Every individual troubled, can go to a space were you can park yourself, as a place for refuge or time out. Based on a true documented account. ...
W4346
24.05.2011
Sane Jung
WWW
Through my art, I can go fishing, I can eat burgers, I can play with balls, I can go to the sea and go to mountain. I can meet people and talk to people, I can see the sky and I can see the moon. How gorgeous it is and what a wonderful, exciting privilege ...
Through my art, I can go fishing, I can eat burgers, I can play with balls, I can go to the sea and go to mountain. I can meet people and talk to people, I can see the sky and I can see the moon. How gorgeous it is and what a wonderful, exciting privilege ...
W4113
23.05.2011
Xenia Imagines - Simon Chambers
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Xenia Imagines is a proposed website telling a hyperfiction of a painter who allegedly paints xenia, an early form of Roman still life. The paintings, if they do exist may be part of an imaginary collection of paintings inspired by the descriptions of Phi ...
Xenia Imagines is a proposed website telling a hyperfiction of a painter who allegedly paints xenia, an early form of Roman still life. The paintings, if they do exist may be part of an imaginary collection of paintings inspired by the descriptions of Phi ...
W4485
25.05.2011
transients - rubens mano
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transients, 1997 a good proportion of the images produced up to now reveals the search for some kind of relationship with the sky, and result in a set of actions which allows us to understand how we perceive it and react to its activities – f ...
transients, 1997 a good proportion of the images produced up to now reveals the search for some kind of relationship with the sky, and result in a set of actions which allows us to understand how we perceive it and react to its activities – f ...
W4828
07.08.2012
Anne Among the Living - Line Kallmayer
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I intended to make a film, Anne Among The Living. I worked on it for a year and a half. We were very advanced in preproduction with many people involved, but the money could not be raised. The funders found it too experimental, too ambitious and risky. ...
I intended to make a film, Anne Among The Living. I worked on it for a year and a half. We were very advanced in preproduction with many people involved, but the money could not be raised. The funders found it too experimental, too ambitious and risky. ...
W4833
07.08.2012
A Room for Persephone - Noa P. Kaplan
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A Room for Persephone Complex beauty can be located even in spaces of hopelessness. In a dark room, you would encounter a hollow sphere with a round opening large enough to fit through. Inside, you would find soft white walls and four seed-like ...
A Room for Persephone Complex beauty can be located even in spaces of hopelessness. In a dark room, you would encounter a hollow sphere with a round opening large enough to fit through. Inside, you would find soft white walls and four seed-like ...
W4389
25.05.2011
MegFord
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This is a chart of a logic problem Joseph Kosuth presented in "Special Investigation". He called it "Complete Contents of Advertisement". I have provided the last line of the problem, completing the advertisement. ...
This is a chart of a logic problem Joseph Kosuth presented in "Special Investigation". He called it "Complete Contents of Advertisement". I have provided the last line of the problem, completing the advertisement. ...
W4650
25.05.2011
La Fonataine  - silvia pereira
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La Fonataine – Lasershot by Sílvia Pereira    Inside a museum room. A laser machine is mounted in a distance of 4 meters to the outer wall. Every thirty minutes it`s being activated and shoots its laser beam ag ...
La Fonataine – Lasershot by Sílvia Pereira    Inside a museum room. A laser machine is mounted in a distance of 4 meters to the outer wall. Every thirty minutes it`s being activated and shoots its laser beam ag ...
W4758
27.05.2011
A Witch Diary - Megumi Shimizu
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“A witch diary _ great grandmother _” When I was a child, I lived in the grandmother house for about 6 month. Her house is very old wooden Japanese style home. And the main gate is opened only for guests coming; usually ...
“A witch diary _ great grandmother _” When I was a child, I lived in the grandmother house for about 6 month. Her house is very old wooden Japanese style home. And the main gate is opened only for guests coming; usually ...
W10172
18.06.2014
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials' Project - Anja Christine Ross
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The title of "Chicago Torture Justice Memorials' Project" is concerned with my suggestion building up a kind of wall with holes. In these holes you might add photographs of this prison-archives. In my mind I found another idea that this wall has a signatu ...
The title of "Chicago Torture Justice Memorials' Project" is concerned with my suggestion building up a kind of wall with holes. In these holes you might add photographs of this prison-archives. In my mind I found another idea that this wall has a signatu ...
W4529
25.05.2011
Jaime Szczepanski
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In 2006, I initiated a serial photographic project of static, frontal shots of closed storefronts in Paris, along with videos of storekeepers closing their shops. The material was to be amassed and combined in a stroboscopic video montage, tentatively tit ...
In 2006, I initiated a serial photographic project of static, frontal shots of closed storefronts in Paris, along with videos of storekeepers closing their shops. The material was to be amassed and combined in a stroboscopic video montage, tentatively tit ...
W4076
23.05.2011
Reuniting ‘Between You & I - Sara Brannan
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In 2007 Anthony McCall produced a limited edition number of prints (150) to coincide with his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. What I’d like to do in this work is try to reunite as many as possible of the prints to be exhibited togethe ...
In 2007 Anthony McCall produced a limited edition number of prints (150) to coincide with his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. What I’d like to do in this work is try to reunite as many as possible of the prints to be exhibited togethe ...
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 ...
W4623
25.05.2011
Economic Express or Mobility Express Project  - reaction-lalou
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Economic Express or Mobility Express Project Form: Cross-discipline Mediums: Sculpture, Performance, Installations, Film Artist-Author: reaction-lalou Exhibited: Technopolis-Industrial Museum of Athens-Greece-6th Video Art Festival 2010 Maktab Anbar Mus ...
Economic Express or Mobility Express Project Form: Cross-discipline Mediums: Sculpture, Performance, Installations, Film Artist-Author: reaction-lalou Exhibited: Technopolis-Industrial Museum of Athens-Greece-6th Video Art Festival 2010 Maktab Anbar Mus ...
W5296
17.10.2012
Swimming Pool - Ferhat Özgür
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‘SWIMMING POOL’ AN UNREALISED PROJECT BY FERHAT OZGUR PARIS 2012 The unrealised project entitled ‘Swimming Pool’ has been designed as a project which aims to blur the border between art and life. Here the aim of the project is to add new ...
‘SWIMMING POOL’ AN UNREALISED PROJECT BY FERHAT OZGUR PARIS 2012 The unrealised project entitled ‘Swimming Pool’ has been designed as a project which aims to blur the border between art and life. Here the aim of the project is to add new ...
W4425
25.05.2011
Retrospection of Rejection: - Brianne Mackinnon
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Retrospection of Rejection: A collaborative competition with fellow Brisbane artist, Anastasia Booth. Each artist apply's for as many exhibition opportunities as possible - collecting and archiving only the rejection responses to proposals. These document ...
Retrospection of Rejection: A collaborative competition with fellow Brisbane artist, Anastasia Booth. Each artist apply's for as many exhibition opportunities as possible - collecting and archiving only the rejection responses to proposals. These document ...
W4453
25.05.2011
Myopian fields - Stephanie Gerner
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Myopian fields , proposal (2010) This exhibition uses the notion of a virtual landscape as its structural foundation, materialised as a small theatre set or abstract film studio, playing with our conceptions of the natural and the man-made, the environ ...
Myopian fields , proposal (2010) This exhibition uses the notion of a virtual landscape as its structural foundation, materialised as a small theatre set or abstract film studio, playing with our conceptions of the natural and the man-made, the environ ...
W5749
22.04.2013
"Blinded Fish" - Jeane Doucas
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a dance-theatre performance, based in Butoh aesthetics. The theme: the schizophrenia and the blindness we live in our day life. These photos were photographed during a rehearsal, in 2011. ...
a dance-theatre performance, based in Butoh aesthetics. The theme: the schizophrenia and the blindness we live in our day life. These photos were photographed during a rehearsal, in 2011. ...
W4869
09.08.2012
Round-trip - Hazem Harb
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Round-trip series 2010 Harb observes a different kind of human suffering when confronted with migrant populations seeking refuge in Italy. He decided to take part in a popular migratory route from Rome to Barcelona commonly used by North African migran ...
Round-trip series 2010 Harb observes a different kind of human suffering when confronted with migrant populations seeking refuge in Italy. He decided to take part in a popular migratory route from Rome to Barcelona commonly used by North African migran ...
W4379
25.05.2011
“Shifting Images of Marseille”  - Srinivas Mangipudi
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Project Proposal: “Shifting Images of Marseille” The urban city areas are often filled with cars and vehicles of all kinds parked in different places, like parking lots, on the streets, or just moving on the road. These can be turned into dynamic ...
Project Proposal: “Shifting Images of Marseille” The urban city areas are often filled with cars and vehicles of all kinds parked in different places, like parking lots, on the streets, or just moving on the road. These can be turned into dynamic ...
W3537
11.05.2011
‘Against the fall’ - Sarah Luedemann
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Project outline (Version Ia): ‘Against the fall’ consists of a fully functioning white parachute and about 300 (or more) A4 rejection letters from art students and artists worldwide, which are printed onto the parachute. The parachute as such is ...
Project outline (Version Ia): ‘Against the fall’ consists of a fully functioning white parachute and about 300 (or more) A4 rejection letters from art students and artists worldwide, which are printed onto the parachute. The parachute as such is ...
D10807
01.01.2003
ÉCOUTE - Bethan Huws
DAAD
To film a colony of coots on a small, dark pond, recording their daily and seasonal life. The film (image) would put equal emphasis on sound. The only word in the entire film is the title: Écoute (French, “listen”), which forms a homophone wit ...
To film a colony of coots on a small, dark pond, recording their daily and seasonal life. The film (image) would put equal emphasis on sound. The only word in the entire film is the title: Écoute (French, “listen”), which forms a homophone wit ...
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. ...
W3647
15.05.2011
World Atlas - ANNA LASCARI
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“World Atlas” is a visual depiction of worldwide hunger. It is a monument to all the people whose lives are in stake due to hunger, whether it is a child that dies every five seconds from hunger related causes, or those in the West who search dumpster ...
“World Atlas” is a visual depiction of worldwide hunger. It is a monument to all the people whose lives are in stake due to hunger, whether it is a child that dies every five seconds from hunger related causes, or those in the West who search dumpster ...
W5118
18.09.2012
Sheida Lavasani
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Often while traveling with a camera I arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose my hearts. I love people photography. I believe, There are always two people in every picture: the photog ...
Often while traveling with a camera I arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose my hearts. I love people photography. I believe, There are always two people in every picture: the photog ...
W4738
26.05.2011
Boxing Meese - Nadja Verena Marcin
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Boxing Meese _ Nadja Verena Marcin _ 2006 This poster with the written information, see below, was papered all over the Auguststrasse in Berlin-Mitte in 2006. Du bist angeklagt! Du hast Herrn Blum beleidigt! Herr Blum ist unschuldig!... Gesicht zeige ...
Boxing Meese _ Nadja Verena Marcin _ 2006 This poster with the written information, see below, was papered all over the Auguststrasse in Berlin-Mitte in 2006. Du bist angeklagt! Du hast Herrn Blum beleidigt! Herr Blum ist unschuldig!... Gesicht zeige ...