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.

Eislandschaft - P. Fischli und D. Weiss

PROJEKT - Ulrich Rückreim

Entwurf für einen erneuerten Malkasten 1992 - 1994 - Ulrike Holthöfer

Relatum (Iron Plate and Stone) - Lee Ufan

Project for the Initiative Mahnmal Homosexuellenverfolgung, Frankfurt  - Jeff Wall

Just Before Dawn - David Lamelas

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

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

Messages to the Public - Nancy Spero

Projet pour la Place Saint Léger à Chambery  - Erik Dietman

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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