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.

d'un projet dédié aux victimes de la Shoah. - Christian Boltanski

Project 1 + Project 2 - Simryn Gill

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

654 THINGS from The United States - Edward Ruscha

119. PROJET DE DESTRUCTION DU MUSEE 1970 - 1971 - Jef Geys

Proposal for a permanent video installation for the NYC headquarters of Sony Corporation - Dara Birnbaum

The insurer - Fabrice Hybert

Niemandsland - Hans Haacke

Billboard - Jimmie Durham

The bridge according to Jeong-a's dream - Koo Jeong

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4569
25.05.2011
Giraffe  - Eduardo Villanueva
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Giraffe A film idea by Eduardo Villanueva. The main idea depart from one story to creat another one. The piece is simple and consist in release a Giraffe in the streets of Venice, Italy and make a film with the Giraffe interacting with the people and ...
Giraffe A film idea by Eduardo Villanueva. The main idea depart from one story to creat another one. The piece is simple and consist in release a Giraffe in the streets of Venice, Italy and make a film with the Giraffe interacting with the people and ...
W3549
12.05.2011
Portrait of a village in contemporary art - Eugen Alupopanu
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My project proposal was "Portrait of a village in contemporary art" in which I wanted to use typical means of photography as document and translate them into visual art language, namely painting. In short, I wanted to photograph all the people in the vill ...
My project proposal was "Portrait of a village in contemporary art" in which I wanted to use typical means of photography as document and translate them into visual art language, namely painting. In short, I wanted to photograph all the people in the vill ...
W5315
18.10.2012
Garet Martin
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The attached text document explains a wall sculpture that, due to lack of funding, I was not able to complete. -- My work is oftentimes inspired by objects, which I have encountered simply by living my life; trash on the sidewalk, patterns on the t- ...
The attached text document explains a wall sculpture that, due to lack of funding, I was not able to complete. -- My work is oftentimes inspired by objects, which I have encountered simply by living my life; trash on the sidewalk, patterns on the t- ...
W4269
24.05.2011
Untitled,  - Ye Qin Zhu
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Untitled, In my wallet, main flap front pocket and in the back of my NYS Driver's license, there is a card with a note on it: (Front side) In my time of death, give this card to an English speaking close relative or friend. (Back side) To the receiv ...
Untitled, In my wallet, main flap front pocket and in the back of my NYS Driver's license, there is a card with a note on it: (Front side) In my time of death, give this card to an English speaking close relative or friend. (Back side) To the receiv ...
W3803
18.05.2011
An experience being an experience like an experience you just had - Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan
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"An experience being an experience like an experience you just had" was an unsuccessful proposal for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. ...
"An experience being an experience like an experience you just had" was an unsuccessful proposal for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. ...
W5478
21.10.2012
Static BillBoards  - Kenneth Millington
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A project of painting television static on a series of free standing billboards along an expressway. TITLE: Static BillBoards OVERVIEW: Having worked as a large-­‐ scale public muralist and a fine artist for years, I propose to paint a large-­ ...
A project of painting television static on a series of free standing billboards along an expressway. TITLE: Static BillBoards OVERVIEW: Having worked as a large-­‐ scale public muralist and a fine artist for years, I propose to paint a large-­ ...
W4072
23.05.2011
'KEIDAI reappearance' project - OKAMOTO Mitsuhiro
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'KEIDAI reappearance' project, July to September 2005, is reappearance of one of a Japanese shrine precincts in Ciaotou, south of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Most Japanese Shinto shrines in Taiwan were destroyed by Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang after W.W.Ⅱ ...
'KEIDAI reappearance' project, July to September 2005, is reappearance of one of a Japanese shrine precincts in Ciaotou, south of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Most Japanese Shinto shrines in Taiwan were destroyed by Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang after W.W.Ⅱ ...
W5272
14.10.2012
The Impossible Collection, Radio-made, and Vertical Reading - Georgi Gospodinov
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Georgi Gospodinov 3 projects The Impossible Collection A gallery. Eight absolutely empty glass cubes (window displays) closed from each side, just with captions beneath, in the following order: apples – shrivel, rot cheese – begins to smell bad clouds ...
Georgi Gospodinov 3 projects The Impossible Collection A gallery. Eight absolutely empty glass cubes (window displays) closed from each side, just with captions beneath, in the following order: apples – shrivel, rot cheese – begins to smell bad clouds ...
W3732
18.05.2011
POP GOES THE WEASEL - Anne O'Callaghan & Barbara Sternberg
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The following is a brief synopsis of the proposal, POP GOES THE WEASEL, that we submitted for 2011 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario Canada. This proposal was rejected due to censorship by the local Business Improvement Association (BIA), see emails below** ...
The following is a brief synopsis of the proposal, POP GOES THE WEASEL, that we submitted for 2011 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario Canada. This proposal was rejected due to censorship by the local Business Improvement Association (BIA), see emails below** ...
W10443
23.04.2014
ENIGMA - Sebastian Tedesco
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The project is the installation in the Antarctic Pole of an object, a magnet, an object that itself has a symbolic and enigmatic load. The proposal is to install in the Antarctic territory a magnet horseshoe 1 m high by 60 cm base and 3 cm thick at it ...
The project is the installation in the Antarctic Pole of an object, a magnet, an object that itself has a symbolic and enigmatic load. The proposal is to install in the Antarctic territory a magnet horseshoe 1 m high by 60 cm base and 3 cm thick at it ...
W5320
18.10.2012
Strike Nº0 - Thiago Parizi
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05.2010 The project entitled “Strike Nº0” is composed of a group of helium balloons attached to the handle of a shovel, floating it above the ground. Suspending it until the object is brought again to the floor given the slight leaking of the heli ...
05.2010 The project entitled “Strike Nº0” is composed of a group of helium balloons attached to the handle of a shovel, floating it above the ground. Suspending it until the object is brought again to the floor given the slight leaking of the heli ...
W10455
24.04.2014
Three Little Words - Allison Malinsky
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Three Little Words started my work with visual language. This series contains my colorful gouache drawings of engagement diamonds accompanied by three words in black cursive text. I painted the most symbolic engagement diamonds from Tiffany's and Cartie ...
Three Little Words started my work with visual language. This series contains my colorful gouache drawings of engagement diamonds accompanied by three words in black cursive text. I painted the most symbolic engagement diamonds from Tiffany's and Cartie ...
W5268
13.10.2012
Olga Motchalova
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ЗАЯВКА Краткие сведения об авторе. Ольга Борисовна Мочалова родилась в Москве в 1962 году. В 1985 г. окончила Московский архитектурный инс ...
ЗАЯВКА Краткие сведения об авторе. Ольга Борисовна Мочалова родилась в Москве в 1962 году. В 1985 г. окончила Московский архитектурный инс ...
W4934
18.08.2012
A Walk in Paradise - Andreas Gedin
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Andreas Gedin: Plan for Berlin: ”A Walk in Paradise”, 1997 This project concerned the specific conditions for the fauna in the No mans land (or what is left of it) surrounding the former Berlin wall. It was neither a city park or a forest. What int ...
Andreas Gedin: Plan for Berlin: ”A Walk in Paradise”, 1997 This project concerned the specific conditions for the fauna in the No mans land (or what is left of it) surrounding the former Berlin wall. It was neither a city park or a forest. What int ...
W4553
25.05.2011
Roc Parés
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Self-disassembling Robot: Designing and building a robot which consists of the parts, functions and behaviors strictly necessary to develop its only task: self-disassembly. After its one-and-only performance, this robot will stop working (being) as a cons ...
Self-disassembling Robot: Designing and building a robot which consists of the parts, functions and behaviors strictly necessary to develop its only task: self-disassembly. After its one-and-only performance, this robot will stop working (being) as a cons ...
W4075
23.05.2011
Roxanne - Sara Brannan
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An unrealised project based on a performance where live female vocals would be added karaoke style to an audio or video playback of the song ‘Roxanne’ by The Police. The Police’s song ‘Roxanne’ was inspired by Parisian prostitutes and in th ...
An unrealised project based on a performance where live female vocals would be added karaoke style to an audio or video playback of the song ‘Roxanne’ by The Police. The Police’s song ‘Roxanne’ was inspired by Parisian prostitutes and in th ...
W3811
18.05.2011
Surgical Intervention (Intervençao cirurgica) - Kelly Tavares
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English translation from Portuguese: This project is still underway. It started to be developed in Brasil, in 2007. The work has the modular unit, consisting of “cubificated” photographs cased in an acrylic transparent cube that is turned into art ...
English translation from Portuguese: This project is still underway. It started to be developed in Brasil, in 2007. The work has the modular unit, consisting of “cubificated” photographs cased in an acrylic transparent cube that is turned into art ...
W3510
11.05.2011
Urban Noir/L.A-NY - Helen K. Garber
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Urban Noir/L.A-NY Noir – a feeling, mood, a sur-reality. The dark blanket of night softens the ugliness of the big city—the one called Los Angeles. Natural beauty ruined by three generations of cheap stucco housing and vast urban sprawl. Even the str ...
Urban Noir/L.A-NY Noir – a feeling, mood, a sur-reality. The dark blanket of night softens the ugliness of the big city—the one called Los Angeles. Natural beauty ruined by three generations of cheap stucco housing and vast urban sprawl. Even the str ...
W3616
13.05.2011
Fountion of Steam - Scott Hillman
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This was a project i designed for a sculpture park, as a water element of such.. The owner didn't want a water feature and rejected it. As such it was never implimented though i made an estimate for around 2000.00 to build. The idea of it quite simply ...
This was a project i designed for a sculpture park, as a water element of such.. The owner didn't want a water feature and rejected it. As such it was never implimented though i made an estimate for around 2000.00 to build. The idea of it quite simply ...
W3730
18.05.2011
“Priceless”, a proposal - Ama Saru Hsiao Chen
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A proposal for an art fair. The difference between collections initiated through private sector and public fund raises concern of artworks value. As when artwork is purchased by a collector, it automatically obtains market value for future economic act ...
A proposal for an art fair. The difference between collections initiated through private sector and public fund raises concern of artworks value. As when artwork is purchased by a collector, it automatically obtains market value for future economic act ...
W4105
23.05.2011
Dazzle Study #10 an onwards     - Håvard Pedersen
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Dazzle Study #10 an onwards were to be a series of abstract artwork, both site specific work and as individual sculptures, based on the theory of Dazzle Camouflage. The camouflage, credited to the English painter Norman Wilkinson, where first used during ...
Dazzle Study #10 an onwards were to be a series of abstract artwork, both site specific work and as individual sculptures, based on the theory of Dazzle Camouflage. The camouflage, credited to the English painter Norman Wilkinson, where first used during ...
W4844
08.08.2012
Oliver Klimpel
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Concept for Urban Intervention / Wayfinding / Local Indication of former Stasi Detention Centre in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, a compound of the State Security in East-Germany. City of Berlin, invited competition entry, 2006 Shortlisted, Not Realised ...
Concept for Urban Intervention / Wayfinding / Local Indication of former Stasi Detention Centre in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, a compound of the State Security in East-Germany. City of Berlin, invited competition entry, 2006 Shortlisted, Not Realised ...
W4353
25.05.2011
Circular escalator - Ricardo Gomes
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Circular escalator Through our research of the City of Perth’s master plan, the public success of the revitalization of Forrest Place not only depends upon the current restructuring already under way in the vicinity, but also upon the creation of a n ...
Circular escalator Through our research of the City of Perth’s master plan, the public success of the revitalization of Forrest Place not only depends upon the current restructuring already under way in the vicinity, but also upon the creation of a n ...
W5231
08.10.2012
Trespassing - Ole Brodersen
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The series “Trespassing” explores encounters between human and nature. Human-made objects are placed into a landscape, where their interactions with the natural elements are recorded. The photographer harnesses the forces of wind, currents and wave ...
The series “Trespassing” explores encounters between human and nature. Human-made objects are placed into a landscape, where their interactions with the natural elements are recorded. The photographer harnesses the forces of wind, currents and wave ...
W5200
03.10.2012
The plan of scientific work « Russian branch Mecklenburg - Strelitz family. Russia - Germany. Sight of the artist of XXI century. » - Yuri Wassiliew
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Wassiliew J.A., dozent of drawing department in A.I.Gertzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Sankt Petersburg, Russia. The plan of scientific work « Russian branch Mecklenburg - Strelitz family. Russia - Germany. Sight of the art ...
Wassiliew J.A., dozent of drawing department in A.I.Gertzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Sankt Petersburg, Russia. The plan of scientific work « Russian branch Mecklenburg - Strelitz family. Russia - Germany. Sight of the art ...
W4245
24.05.2011
Frau Fiber
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My lifeʼs work is dedicated to instigating new ways for participants to consider their engagement in the world, their purchasing power, or non-purchasing power. Transforming spaces of relaxation into spaces of physical production. Encouraging Participant ...
My lifeʼs work is dedicated to instigating new ways for participants to consider their engagement in the world, their purchasing power, or non-purchasing power. Transforming spaces of relaxation into spaces of physical production. Encouraging Participant ...