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.

Just Before Dawn - David Lamelas

Memorial - Ilya Kabakov

The Rosetta Garden - Gary Simmons

Grand Concours International D'Architecture  - Mahe Gilles

PROPOSAL FOR SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION, IN PUBLIC - Chris Burden

City Hall Tower Night Ilumination - Krysztof Wodiczko

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

Project for the Initiative Mahnmal Homosexuellenverfolgung, Frankfurt  - Jeff Wall

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

Electronic Theater - Laurie Anderson

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4849
08.08.2012
Excavation  - Mario Asef
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Mario Asef EXCAVATION Unrealized project for the exhibition “Architecture” in Küntlerhaus Bregenz – Austria / 2008 //////////////////////////////////////// ...
Mario Asef EXCAVATION Unrealized project for the exhibition “Architecture” in Küntlerhaus Bregenz – Austria / 2008 //////////////////////////////////////// ...
W3704
17.05.2011
Making Aliyah - Nathaniel Katz and Valentina Curandi
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We are proposing to immigrate to the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia. The concept of this proposal derives from the implied duty of Jews in diaspora to immigrate, make “Aliyah” to the State of Israel. (Literally “Aliyah” means ascension. To mak ...
We are proposing to immigrate to the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in Russia. The concept of this proposal derives from the implied duty of Jews in diaspora to immigrate, make “Aliyah” to the State of Israel. (Literally “Aliyah” means ascension. To mak ...
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 ...
W4254
24.05.2011
Jim Foster
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JIM FOSTER 10315 N. County Rd. 15 • Fort Collins CO 80524 • USA 970.568.7768 fostart.jimart@gmail.com Museum Exhibitions/Selected 2010 - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: Fukuoka, Japan. World Peace Through Art: Matsuda Bokuden & H ...
JIM FOSTER 10315 N. County Rd. 15 • Fort Collins CO 80524 • USA 970.568.7768 fostart.jimart@gmail.com Museum Exhibitions/Selected 2010 - Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: Fukuoka, Japan. World Peace Through Art: Matsuda Bokuden & H ...
W3679
16.05.2011
William Livingstone house Detroit Project 2010 submitted to United States Artists Projects - Vincent Johnson
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The project I am engaged in is the production of a three-foot tall sculpture on a table-top of the collapsed William Livingstone house in Detroit. This is important to me as it represents a metaphorical revisiting of my past, as this Detroit home represen ...
The project I am engaged in is the production of a three-foot tall sculpture on a table-top of the collapsed William Livingstone house in Detroit. This is important to me as it represents a metaphorical revisiting of my past, as this Detroit home represen ...
W3807
18.05.2011
The Ethereal Battle - David Normal
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The Ethereal Battle is a cosmological fantasy consisting of twenty paintings that depict the cyclic destruction and creation of the world._The premise of the Ethereal Battle envisions the aftermath of an all-pervading catastrophe in which humanity perishe ...
The Ethereal Battle is a cosmological fantasy consisting of twenty paintings that depict the cyclic destruction and creation of the world._The premise of the Ethereal Battle envisions the aftermath of an all-pervading catastrophe in which humanity perishe ...
W4537
25.05.2011
THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE MEMORIAL - Kristin Jones / Andrew Ginzel
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THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE MEMORIAL New York, NY Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition October 2010 The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire • Occurred March 25, 1911 on the top three floors of the ten-story Asch Building (23-29 Washington Place, ne ...
THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE MEMORIAL New York, NY Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition October 2010 The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire • Occurred March 25, 1911 on the top three floors of the ten-story Asch Building (23-29 Washington Place, ne ...
W4840
08.08.2012
Tableau Vivant and the subversive Feminine - andreas guibert
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Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice (Doctor of Philosophy in Practice) Personal number: 0003 Andres Guibert Abstract The proposed project analyses how individual gay identities contest cultural policies in repressive regimes reformulating ...
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice (Doctor of Philosophy in Practice) Personal number: 0003 Andres Guibert Abstract The proposed project analyses how individual gay identities contest cultural policies in repressive regimes reformulating ...
W5484
22.10.2012
Missile images - Paul Nulty
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To propose to make a series of photographs made at scheduled demonstrations at the Saab Borfors systems field site in Karlskoga Sweden. Images are to show ground to air missiles such as the RBS 70 and recent RBS 70NG being demonstrated and tested in a ...
To propose to make a series of photographs made at scheduled demonstrations at the Saab Borfors systems field site in Karlskoga Sweden. Images are to show ground to air missiles such as the RBS 70 and recent RBS 70NG being demonstrated and tested in a ...
W5290
16.10.2012
Polo Picasso - Matthew Britton
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After catching the revamped Art Attack series on the Disney Channel, I came across the character ‘Vincent Van Coconut’. I felt that this was a poor parody and wanted to create a better teaching aid. So I built a maquette for a character called ‘Polo ...
After catching the revamped Art Attack series on the Disney Channel, I came across the character ‘Vincent Van Coconut’. I felt that this was a poor parody and wanted to create a better teaching aid. So I built a maquette for a character called ‘Polo ...
W3599
13.05.2011
Exquisite Salvage - 2 one two Projects
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No materials where harmed in the making of this installation. Massaged, cajoled, reconstituting - yes. The artists are using materials that either existed in the space or as post consumer waste. Exquisite Salvage is a collaborative installation in a d ...
No materials where harmed in the making of this installation. Massaged, cajoled, reconstituting - yes. The artists are using materials that either existed in the space or as post consumer waste. Exquisite Salvage is a collaborative installation in a d ...
W4316
24.05.2011
Scaffold Cathedral - Kirsty Tinkler
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Kirsty Tinkler Shoreditch Festival Proposal 2007 Working title: Scaffold Cathedral Materials: Scaffold tubing, brackets, construction mesh Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 5 metres The ‘Scaffold Cathedral’ is a skeletal structure measuring 5 x 5 metr ...
Kirsty Tinkler Shoreditch Festival Proposal 2007 Working title: Scaffold Cathedral Materials: Scaffold tubing, brackets, construction mesh Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 5 metres The ‘Scaffold Cathedral’ is a skeletal structure measuring 5 x 5 metr ...
W4210
24.05.2011
Way of the Closs - Branko Mejač
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Presenting to you my nees project" Way of the Closs" which war taking shape from 1996 to 2003. Project was chosen for exhibition in a gallery "Family" in Ljubljana (Slovenia), but it was later turned down without any official explanation. Fourteen Stati ...
Presenting to you my nees project" Way of the Closs" which war taking shape from 1996 to 2003. Project was chosen for exhibition in a gallery "Family" in Ljubljana (Slovenia), but it was later turned down without any official explanation. Fourteen Stati ...
W5165
25.09.2012
A Patent Application For An Artificial Imagination - Peter Stott
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A description of a method for computers to create an artificial imagination of a 3D world for typography and any other 2D shape or any conglomeration of 2D shapes, incorporating 3D meshes for the creation of architectonic visions, including animated visio ...
A description of a method for computers to create an artificial imagination of a 3D world for typography and any other 2D shape or any conglomeration of 2D shapes, incorporating 3D meshes for the creation of architectonic visions, including animated visio ...
W5251
10.10.2012
Katya Fialkova
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The project was supposed to be a video in which an absurd woman tries to ‘fix’ nature. She puts skirts on trees, makeup on flowers and sunscreen on branches. She throws fabric over a gnarly tree stump to make it ‘prettier’. She measures a wide tre ...
The project was supposed to be a video in which an absurd woman tries to ‘fix’ nature. She puts skirts on trees, makeup on flowers and sunscreen on branches. She throws fabric over a gnarly tree stump to make it ‘prettier’. She measures a wide tre ...
W4897
11.08.2012
Au Fil des Pats - Mondele Limba Isaac
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Exp. : Isaac MONDELE Tél. : +243 81 36 66 111 E-mail : mondeleisaac@yahoo.fr Objet : candidature A monsieur les jures Monsieur, Votre annonce parue sur le site d appel aux artiste pour un appel a candida ...
Exp. : Isaac MONDELE Tél. : +243 81 36 66 111 E-mail : mondeleisaac@yahoo.fr Objet : candidature A monsieur les jures Monsieur, Votre annonce parue sur le site d appel aux artiste pour un appel a candida ...
W4470
25.05.2011
` NO LONGER EMPTY’S ABOUT FACE - Itziar Barrio
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NO LONGER EMPTY’S ABOUT FACE FOR THE NEW MUSEUM’S FESTIVAL OF IDEAS FOR A NEW CITY MAY – JUNE, 2011 INTRODUCTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION ARTIST’S CONCEPT BACKGROUND & METHODOLOGY SCHEDULE BUDGET ABOUT FESTIVAL OF IDEAS INTRODUCTION For The 201 ...
NO LONGER EMPTY’S ABOUT FACE FOR THE NEW MUSEUM’S FESTIVAL OF IDEAS FOR A NEW CITY MAY – JUNE, 2011 INTRODUCTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION ARTIST’S CONCEPT BACKGROUND & METHODOLOGY SCHEDULE BUDGET ABOUT FESTIVAL OF IDEAS INTRODUCTION For The 201 ...
W5054
03.09.2012
Parish in Lezkairu - Taller Basico de Arquitectura [TBA]
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Parish in Lezkairu (2011) The building takes an "L" form, as it differentiates two principal zones: the temple, which occupies one side of the "L", and the rooms and housings, that occupy the other side. Both areas coexist in a strong and unified image ...
Parish in Lezkairu (2011) The building takes an "L" form, as it differentiates two principal zones: the temple, which occupies one side of the "L", and the rooms and housings, that occupy the other side. Both areas coexist in a strong and unified image ...
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 ...
W4515
25.05.2011
Viktor Timofeev
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In this painting I have "created" a triumphal arch constructed out of 13 worker-housing units, stacked precariously and defying the laws of physics. While this village/monument is rendered to appear structurally sound, its context is most certainly utopia ...
In this painting I have "created" a triumphal arch constructed out of 13 worker-housing units, stacked precariously and defying the laws of physics. While this village/monument is rendered to appear structurally sound, its context is most certainly utopia ...
W3819
19.05.2011
raphaele cohen-bacry
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This is an example of the 50 dolls I made between 2007 and 2010. I used ‘’ugly’’, standardized dolls made in China and was interested in turning them into unique ‘’hand-made’’ dolls with a lot of personality and character. Each measures 4X ...
This is an example of the 50 dolls I made between 2007 and 2010. I used ‘’ugly’’, standardized dolls made in China and was interested in turning them into unique ‘’hand-made’’ dolls with a lot of personality and character. Each measures 4X ...
W4392
25.05.2011
Dig a hole through the middle of the Earth.  - Gernot Wieland
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Dig a hole through the middle of the Earth. When one jumps into this hole, he or she flies, for example, from Berlin to China. Naturally, with gravity, the speed of travel be- comes enormous. However, as one flies past the centre of the Earth the s ...
Dig a hole through the middle of the Earth. When one jumps into this hole, he or she flies, for example, from Berlin to China. Naturally, with gravity, the speed of travel be- comes enormous. However, as one flies past the centre of the Earth the s ...
W4355
25.05.2011
Veil of Ignorance - James Bae
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Veil of Ignorance The proposal is to hold a weekly discourse on the site of the now demolished Stadtschloß and Palast der Republik. The chosen site is heavily charged with history, having been the seat of the Brandenburg Electors, Prussian Kings, and ...
Veil of Ignorance The proposal is to hold a weekly discourse on the site of the now demolished Stadtschloß and Palast der Republik. The chosen site is heavily charged with history, having been the seat of the Brandenburg Electors, Prussian Kings, and ...
W3858
19.05.2011
Cheryl K. Shurtleff
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I propose to construct cat hair figures from fur collected from the cats housed at the Idaho Humane Shelter over a period of time. In order to realize this project I propose to visit the Humane Shelter twice per week over a period of one month. I will pet ...
I propose to construct cat hair figures from fur collected from the cats housed at the Idaho Humane Shelter over a period of time. In order to realize this project I propose to visit the Humane Shelter twice per week over a period of one month. I will pet ...
W11063
24.06.2016
Julian Assange's Mobile Balcony Installation at 1:1 - Muhammad Shamin Sahrum
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Proposal extending from Master's thesis work in architecture, titled "The Diplomatic Envelope". A research into the various case studies within embassies where overlaps of legal principles with the physical and digital territories occur. This gray area em ...
Proposal extending from Master's thesis work in architecture, titled "The Diplomatic Envelope". A research into the various case studies within embassies where overlaps of legal principles with the physical and digital territories occur. This gray area em ...
W3683
16.05.2011
Mumfordshire - A Megalopolis - Bruce Asbestos
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Mumfordshire is unrealised plan for a megalopolis (a series of interconnected urban areas), which seeks to re-imagine a complex but positive future of mega-cities and society. Mumfordshire is partly based on revising Lewis Mumford’s idea that the Roman ...
Mumfordshire is unrealised plan for a megalopolis (a series of interconnected urban areas), which seeks to re-imagine a complex but positive future of mega-cities and society. Mumfordshire is partly based on revising Lewis Mumford’s idea that the Roman ...