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.

Battery Park City - Per Kirkeby

Douglas Gordon - 5 year drive-by; proposal for a public artwork.

WATERWORKS - Mona Hatoum

Niemandsland - Hans Haacke

Tulips for Amsterdam - Isa Genzken

Financial Times Millennium Bridge Competition - Richard Serra and Frank Gehry

Project tor the Veterans Administration Hospital--Bay Pines, Florida. - Robert Morris

Prima del 73 - Fabio Mauri

Fax Transmission - Raymond Pettibone and Jason Rhoades

Grand Concours International D'Architecture  - Sol Lewitt

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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