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.

WATERWORKS - Mona Hatoum

The Rosetta Garden - Gary Simmons

Niemandsland - Hans Haacke

Unrealized Turtles 1967 - Joseph Grigely

Monumento all'agricoltura 1969-70 - Alighiero Boetti

Electronic Theater - Laurie Anderson

Broadway Musicals - Christian Marclay

Attitudine Diplomatica - Hermann Pitz

PROPOSAL FOR SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION, IN PUBLIC - Chris Burden

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

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4323
24.05.2011
MAD HATTER’S WORKSHOP  - Valery Koroshilov
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MAD HATTER’S WORKSHOP The Concept Observing Lowry’s paintings I have noticed his people very often wear hats. I went on to address this theme. A hat, a helmet, a beret, a cap, a scarf, a hood, a crown. What are the messages they convey today i ...
MAD HATTER’S WORKSHOP The Concept Observing Lowry’s paintings I have noticed his people very often wear hats. I went on to address this theme. A hat, a helmet, a beret, a cap, a scarf, a hood, a crown. What are the messages they convey today i ...
W5899
18.10.2013
Bagatelle - Matthijs Muller
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A competition to design a landmark at the motorway exit nearby a nature reserve made me design Bagatelle. The park nearby has a strange history. First, in the early 1960's the polder was used to dump polluted mud from the port of Rotterdam. Then for over ...
A competition to design a landmark at the motorway exit nearby a nature reserve made me design Bagatelle. The park nearby has a strange history. First, in the early 1960's the polder was used to dump polluted mud from the port of Rotterdam. Then for over ...
W5153
24.09.2012
Internal Painting Valuable gift - James Eisen
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Among my recent Project Internal Painting Valuable gift, I examined forms of knowledge and Power, the transference of idea to object from one work to another. These works sit within a wider strategy of enacting associative thought into form. More directly ...
Among my recent Project Internal Painting Valuable gift, I examined forms of knowledge and Power, the transference of idea to object from one work to another. These works sit within a wider strategy of enacting associative thought into form. More directly ...
W4111
23.05.2011
“The Observed Observer" - Alexandre Dang
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“The Observed Observer" Introduction Artist Alexandre Dang works on raising awareness on contemporary and extemporal issues. The installation of “The Observed Observer” offers the visitor to experience something totally unusual. This work enab ...
“The Observed Observer" Introduction Artist Alexandre Dang works on raising awareness on contemporary and extemporal issues. The installation of “The Observed Observer” offers the visitor to experience something totally unusual. This work enab ...
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 ...
W4337
24.05.2011
Mitchell Marco
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Mitchell Marco This is a sketch from a found photograph of a criminal. I wanted to present him as a dark and mysterious figure in a big narrative painting. I imagined his environment would be hazy and atmospheric, an enigmatic character in the mids ...
Mitchell Marco This is a sketch from a found photograph of a criminal. I wanted to present him as a dark and mysterious figure in a big narrative painting. I imagined his environment would be hazy and atmospheric, an enigmatic character in the mids ...
W4357
25.05.2011
Dead Links In The Weak Universalism - Kevin Day
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Kevin Day Dead Links In The Weak Universalism, Boris Groys, expanding on Agamben‟s „messianic knowledge,‟ argues that time, with the exacerbation of technological progress, has been increasingly contracting, shrinking to microscopic intervals.1 ...
Kevin Day Dead Links In The Weak Universalism, Boris Groys, expanding on Agamben‟s „messianic knowledge,‟ argues that time, with the exacerbation of technological progress, has been increasingly contracting, shrinking to microscopic intervals.1 ...
W4475
25.05.2011
Veronica Wilton
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W4004
22.05.2011
Masked Police Car  - OKAMOTO Mitsuhiro
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I have series works 'Masked Police Car' 'Masked Police Car' is the Japanese slang term for Secret Police Car. It shows covering a specific type of common car with Police Car designed car-cover. For example, you could see the car covering UK Police Car ...
I have series works 'Masked Police Car' 'Masked Police Car' is the Japanese slang term for Secret Police Car. It shows covering a specific type of common car with Police Car designed car-cover. For example, you could see the car covering UK Police Car ...
W4917
15.08.2012
Oxford Toilet Exchange - Katie Herzog
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Oxford Toilet Exchange My proposed exchange will be facilitated via the swapping of doors in the stalls of the public toilet at the Oxford University Library with stall doors in the Oxford Public Library. Library Toilet as Final Frontier: On Reject ...
Oxford Toilet Exchange My proposed exchange will be facilitated via the swapping of doors in the stalls of the public toilet at the Oxford University Library with stall doors in the Oxford Public Library. Library Toilet as Final Frontier: On Reject ...
W4992
29.08.2012
Juvena 17 - David Evrard
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Juvena 17 was a project in the public space i win, 5 years ago or something. It was to make something regarding the construction of a new cultural center in the city of Soignies, Belgium. My proposition was to make 4 number of a newspaper, distributed in ...
Juvena 17 was a project in the public space i win, 5 years ago or something. It was to make something regarding the construction of a new cultural center in the city of Soignies, Belgium. My proposition was to make 4 number of a newspaper, distributed in ...
W3985
21.05.2011
Pisco Ruivo
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Pisco Ruivo is a group of creative researchers founded by Eduardo Leitão & Joana Pinho Neves. We embrace book as the primarily subject of our work. We use it has support for the creation and recreation of covers and we search in its words new narratives. ...
Pisco Ruivo is a group of creative researchers founded by Eduardo Leitão & Joana Pinho Neves. We embrace book as the primarily subject of our work. We use it has support for the creation and recreation of covers and we search in its words new narratives. ...
W5078
06.09.2012
Underground tourist centre  - HR-Stamenov
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“ Underground tourist centre to be used in the event of a hypothetic nuclear winter” author HR-Stamenov In the period following a hypotheticl thermo-nuclear war, the earth’s surface would experience “nuclear winter”.... See PDF ...
“ Underground tourist centre to be used in the event of a hypothetic nuclear winter” author HR-Stamenov In the period following a hypotheticl thermo-nuclear war, the earth’s surface would experience “nuclear winter”.... See PDF ...
W3874
19.05.2011
BIGSKY: nternational Airport Art Commission CANADA - Derek Michael Besant
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Project: BIGSKY Client: Calgary International Airport / Canada Date: 2003 Gridded glass wall treatment of International Arrivals Wing Suspended edge-lit glass panels with sandblasted cloud information in three layers; where they majority of th ...
Project: BIGSKY Client: Calgary International Airport / Canada Date: 2003 Gridded glass wall treatment of International Arrivals Wing Suspended edge-lit glass panels with sandblasted cloud information in three layers; where they majority of th ...
W5148
23.09.2012
La hora 103 - Albert Negredo
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La hora 103. Mental and/or pencil on paper. ...
La hora 103. Mental and/or pencil on paper. ...
W4880
09.08.2012
Thistlegarden Project - Rob Voerman
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Thistlegarden-project My plan is to create a garden consisting of only of wild thistles. Sown, but mainly re-planted from the wild in early spring, they will be placed in lines and patterns. The overall form will be a grafic representation of an explosi ...
Thistlegarden-project My plan is to create a garden consisting of only of wild thistles. Sown, but mainly re-planted from the wild in early spring, they will be placed in lines and patterns. The overall form will be a grafic representation of an explosi ...
W3954
20.05.2011
Doug Fogelson
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This is a project to make a house shape out of chain link fence material, razor wire, fluorescent lights and plants. It was intended as a comment on Guantanamo Prison and the promise of American society. 10.4.06 Dear Mr. Littman, We would l ...
This is a project to make a house shape out of chain link fence material, razor wire, fluorescent lights and plants. It was intended as a comment on Guantanamo Prison and the promise of American society. 10.4.06 Dear Mr. Littman, We would l ...
W3640
14.05.2011
Proposal for a cooperation between a university and myself to solar light up a village in Lebanon.  - Roula Sorour
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I never received any reply to my mail and therefore the project is in hybernation mode for now. Dear Professors, I read about the 2 jordanian bedouin illiterate women who were sent to India for 6 month to train as Solar engineers . Something similar ...
I never received any reply to my mail and therefore the project is in hybernation mode for now. Dear Professors, I read about the 2 jordanian bedouin illiterate women who were sent to India for 6 month to train as Solar engineers . Something similar ...
W4159
23.05.2011
Asymmetric Flight - andreas kopp
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Asymmetric Flight Concept for a mobilé in public space. With attached documents I would like to introduce a concept (from 2009) which I so far have not been able to realize. ...
Asymmetric Flight Concept for a mobilé in public space. With attached documents I would like to introduce a concept (from 2009) which I so far have not been able to realize. ...
W5048
03.09.2012
Unrealized Poster - Robert Linsley
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Unrealized project for a poster, circa 2002. FORWARD UNDER THE BANNER OF THE EXECUTIVE DAEMON! ALL POWER TO THE OTHER DAEMONS! EAST VAN RULES! ...
Unrealized project for a poster, circa 2002. FORWARD UNDER THE BANNER OF THE EXECUTIVE DAEMON! ALL POWER TO THE OTHER DAEMONS! EAST VAN RULES! ...
U9651
19.02.1997
Douglas Gordon - 5 year drive-by; proposal for a public artwork.
Unbuilt Roads
Originally presented at the Biennale de Lyon, 1995. The work is something of a companion piece to 24 Hour Psycho but it may, appear to be a little more extreme in some ways. I want to work with John Ford's film The Searchers which is, I think, the ar ...
Originally presented at the Biennale de Lyon, 1995. The work is something of a companion piece to 24 Hour Psycho but it may, appear to be a little more extreme in some ways. I want to work with John Ford's film The Searchers which is, I think, the ar ...
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 ...
W3612
13.05.2011
Gonna Make you Sweat (2008) - Divya Mehra
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Filmed & edited (2007-2008) during Columbia University's planned expansion in Harlem, Gonna Make you Sweat (2008) had big plans to rival Harlem's monolithic neighborhood endorsements. The work teeters within a space of uncertainty; does it function as a ...
Filmed & edited (2007-2008) during Columbia University's planned expansion in Harlem, Gonna Make you Sweat (2008) had big plans to rival Harlem's monolithic neighborhood endorsements. The work teeters within a space of uncertainty; does it function as a ...
W5121
18.09.2012
Mo White
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In 2009 I made a film whose completion has been continually postponed. I made the film quickly with materials to hand, in Super 8 format. The making of the work was an immediate reaction and response to a small event. ‘In March 2009 I bought a lime ...
In 2009 I made a film whose completion has been continually postponed. I made the film quickly with materials to hand, in Super 8 format. The making of the work was an immediate reaction and response to a small event. ‘In March 2009 I bought a lime ...
W10583
18.06.2014
Downriver - Jonathan Parsons
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proposal for the 2010 Spitalfields Sculpture Prize Downriver further develops my established practice of making ‘dissected’ map sculptures. Previously, I have taken actual source maps and cut away everything from them except one particular visual e ...
proposal for the 2010 Spitalfields Sculpture Prize Downriver further develops my established practice of making ‘dissected’ map sculptures. Previously, I have taken actual source maps and cut away everything from them except one particular visual e ...
W4284
24.05.2011
Mr. Imagination’s Arch of Unity - Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack)
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Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack) Mr. Imagination’s Arch of Unity Proposal for Vision and Vernacular Eight African American Artists in Venice Presented by American Folk Art Museum at Fondaco dei Tedeschi, June 2011 Artist Statement The su ...
Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack) Mr. Imagination’s Arch of Unity Proposal for Vision and Vernacular Eight African American Artists in Venice Presented by American Folk Art Museum at Fondaco dei Tedeschi, June 2011 Artist Statement The su ...