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.

Entwurf für einen erneuerten Malkasten 1992 - 1994 - Ulrike Holthöfer

Grand Concours International D'Architecture  - Mahe Gilles

654 THINGS from The United States - Edward Ruscha

Billboard - Jimmie Durham

Monumento all'agricoltura 1969-70 - Alighiero Boetti

The World is a Theater and we each have a role - Louise Bourgeois

Ceinture - Huang Ping Yong

The insurer - Fabrice Hybert

Messages to the Public - Nancy Spero

The World Record - General Idea

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W10370
17.04.2014
Redshift - Gabriel Rico
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The proposal entitled "REDSHIFT" is a in situ-installation specific designed to mind all of the space of 'The Soap Factory' (12,000 sq feet) this installation course will function as a space within in another space, a place that feels like a corpuscular-o ...
The proposal entitled "REDSHIFT" is a in situ-installation specific designed to mind all of the space of 'The Soap Factory' (12,000 sq feet) this installation course will function as a space within in another space, a place that feels like a corpuscular-o ...
W10332
17.04.2014
FOR ALL MANKIND - Lisa Rovner
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"For all mankind" is a series of large scale poems that can be seen from above, anywhere, anytime, through programs such as Google Earth. The first in the series screams: BECAUSE I AM HUMAN AND I NEED TO BE LOVED. The poem answers an unknown question. ...
"For all mankind" is a series of large scale poems that can be seen from above, anywhere, anytime, through programs such as Google Earth. The first in the series screams: BECAUSE I AM HUMAN AND I NEED TO BE LOVED. The poem answers an unknown question. ...
W10320
17.04.2014
TAU - Jugoslav Mitevski, Frances Scholz, Sarah Steiner
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Request: A building conglomerate approached us* with the request to bring to life again a vacancy in a critically endangered street. Proposal: Inspired by Buckminster Fuller‘s ideas of provoking “change of directions” by creating a vacuum we pr ...
Request: A building conglomerate approached us* with the request to bring to life again a vacancy in a critically endangered street. Proposal: Inspired by Buckminster Fuller‘s ideas of provoking “change of directions” by creating a vacuum we pr ...
W10273
10.04.2014
Monument to the Iraq War Dead - Scott Sorli
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Conservative estimates are that over one hundred thousand men, women, and children died in the Iraq War. Weapons of mass destruction that were used as justification for this illegal war were launched by the Americans and the British forces themselves. The ...
Conservative estimates are that over one hundred thousand men, women, and children died in the Iraq War. Weapons of mass destruction that were used as justification for this illegal war were launched by the Americans and the British forces themselves. The ...
W10252
10.04.2014
Contact - Bastiaan Arler
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In the summer of 1975 a fresh wind blew over the world. At a distance of 225 km, in orbit around the Earth, the USA and the USSR made contact as two spacecraft docked together in a sign of peace. In an instant it lightened the spirit of all of those caugh ...
In the summer of 1975 a fresh wind blew over the world. At a distance of 225 km, in orbit around the Earth, the USA and the USSR made contact as two spacecraft docked together in a sign of peace. In an instant it lightened the spirit of all of those caugh ...
W10245
09.04.2014
Observatory for the Study of Metropolitan Man - Bastiaan Arler
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The project consists of a temporary structure made of easily available scaffolding that can be installed in any city square. It is open to the public and thus allows people to observe and to be observed in two distinct moments. The project has never been ...
The project consists of a temporary structure made of easily available scaffolding that can be installed in any city square. It is open to the public and thus allows people to observe and to be observed in two distinct moments. The project has never been ...
W10410
07.04.2014
Reverse Lecture Series - VIIIC KEER OSSTTAPPPH
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During the reverse lecture series, there will be one audience member as everyone else simultaneously delivers a speech from behind a lectern. ...
During the reverse lecture series, there will be one audience member as everyone else simultaneously delivers a speech from behind a lectern. ...
W10194
07.04.2014
Making A Point - Joel Leibowitz
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Location : fenced Inner perimeter Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Central Park New York City ; 110 watt mil spec lasers, 400 mirror placements around perimeter of reservoir, center of reservoir 20 beams, array trays 76 degree angle of beams, hgt. ...
Location : fenced Inner perimeter Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Central Park New York City ; 110 watt mil spec lasers, 400 mirror placements around perimeter of reservoir, center of reservoir 20 beams, array trays 76 degree angle of beams, hgt. ...
W10234
05.04.2014
Impending Monument: Boston Baby Head - Carolyn Wirth
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A large public auditorium and concert hall in the form of a giant baby head will be installed at the Castle Island monument overlooking Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors will climb inside the head using a spiral ramp way in an open rotunda si ...
A large public auditorium and concert hall in the form of a giant baby head will be installed at the Castle Island monument overlooking Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts. Visitors will climb inside the head using a spiral ramp way in an open rotunda si ...
W10185
04.04.2014
Robot Building Museum Shop from MCA to DIA - Maymay Jumsai
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My proposal is to make a museum shop for the Robot Building my father designed. I’m asian, I have a strong family value. The Robot Building was part of the project ‘City on the Move’, that went to Venice Biennale in 1996. We had to pay for the ship ...
My proposal is to make a museum shop for the Robot Building my father designed. I’m asian, I have a strong family value. The Robot Building was part of the project ‘City on the Move’, that went to Venice Biennale in 1996. We had to pay for the ship ...
W7067
24.11.2013
Ardfert “Miracle Hill”  - Julie Forrester
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THEMES The theme will be Ardfert “Miracle Hill”. Ideas about miracles will be explored playfully by posing questions: What exactly is a miracle? Do you know any miracles? Are miracles real? Do we need them? Who are the people who inhabit miracles? ...
THEMES The theme will be Ardfert “Miracle Hill”. Ideas about miracles will be explored playfully by posing questions: What exactly is a miracle? Do you know any miracles? Are miracles real? Do we need them? Who are the people who inhabit miracles? ...
W5905
18.10.2013
Temp - Matthijs Muller
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Temp (pronounced: Temp-io) is a pavilion that offers protection against sun and rain. The only way to reach the pavilion is by crossing a circle of sand and inevitably leave your traces in the sand. Visitors are invited to erase their traces by rotatin ...
Temp (pronounced: Temp-io) is a pavilion that offers protection against sun and rain. The only way to reach the pavilion is by crossing a circle of sand and inevitably leave your traces in the sand. Visitors are invited to erase their traces by rotatin ...
W5904
18.10.2013
Watertower Geldern (Germany) - Matthijs Muller
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The idea was to give this former water tower a bright icecap on top, which would have changed its appearance dramatically, making it look more like an alp. Bringing the water, which used to be stored inside the tower, to the outside, illustrates its (form ...
The idea was to give this former water tower a bright icecap on top, which would have changed its appearance dramatically, making it look more like an alp. Bringing the water, which used to be stored inside the tower, to the outside, illustrates its (form ...
W5903
18.10.2013
Scouts - Matthijs Muller
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Instead of nature represented by some poor trees put in a "pot" between towering office-buildings these trees (in concrete "pots", with dustbins but without benches) scout new territory for future city expansion, just outside but still within sight of the ...
Instead of nature represented by some poor trees put in a "pot" between towering office-buildings these trees (in concrete "pots", with dustbins but without benches) scout new territory for future city expansion, just outside but still within sight of the ...
W5902
18.10.2013
Waterland - Matthijs Muller
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Waterland is floating like a boat but has the appearance of an island. The busy city life suggested by the lampposts and traffic signs is alienated by the flexibility of the islands ground surface. Every wave in the water makes the pavement and poles mov ...
Waterland is floating like a boat but has the appearance of an island. The busy city life suggested by the lampposts and traffic signs is alienated by the flexibility of the islands ground surface. Every wave in the water makes the pavement and poles mov ...
W5901
18.10.2013
Fountain - Matthijs Muller
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An anti-romantic fountain that, on one hand comments the manmade landscape of a park, while on the other hand romanticizing heavy machinery. 2011 ...
An anti-romantic fountain that, on one hand comments the manmade landscape of a park, while on the other hand romanticizing heavy machinery. 2011 ...
W5900
18.10.2013
Ice zebra - Matthijs Muller
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This ice zebra offers a dry crossing over the river. 2006 ...
This ice zebra offers a dry crossing over the river. 2006 ...
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 ...
W5898
18.10.2013
Open tunnel - Matthijs Muller
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A hilly landscape makes lines of trees disappear behind nearby hills or offers a view at a tree from above. In the Netherlands the flatness of the landscape makes that impossible. But, since the whole country is manmade, the solution for this is also ma ...
A hilly landscape makes lines of trees disappear behind nearby hills or offers a view at a tree from above. In the Netherlands the flatness of the landscape makes that impossible. But, since the whole country is manmade, the solution for this is also ma ...
W5897
18.10.2013
Sempervirens - Matthijs Muller
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W5896
18.10.2013
Golf course - Matthijs Muller
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Golf courses are artificial landscapes with artificial hills and small artificial sand dunes. Now imagine a golf course (in the Netherlands, in the meadows), without those artificial hills and the small sand dunes replaced by metal versions on poles to pu ...
Golf courses are artificial landscapes with artificial hills and small artificial sand dunes. Now imagine a golf course (in the Netherlands, in the meadows), without those artificial hills and the small sand dunes replaced by metal versions on poles to pu ...
W5895
18.10.2013
Head over heels - Matthijs Muller
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This House embodies the difficulties involved with building brick houses in the marshy grounds of the Netherlands. It's position, leaning on its roof, it's unbalance, seems the result of some dramatic event. The poles that poke into the air look like some ...
This House embodies the difficulties involved with building brick houses in the marshy grounds of the Netherlands. It's position, leaning on its roof, it's unbalance, seems the result of some dramatic event. The poles that poke into the air look like some ...
W5774
03.07.2013
TWEETSCULPTURE: “WE TWEET SCULPTURES” - Tweetsculpture
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https://twitter.com/tweetsculpture In 1969, Douglas Huebler wrote “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting, I do not wish to add any more.” Since early january 2012 five writers / artists (between the ages of 24 and 60) create s ...
https://twitter.com/tweetsculpture In 1969, Douglas Huebler wrote “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting, I do not wish to add any more.” Since early january 2012 five writers / artists (between the ages of 24 and 60) create s ...
W5754
21.05.2013
Like birds on the water - Laura Carthew
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Laura Carthew Like birds on the water, Propositional Photo montage of a performance. 2011 This piece was going to be a continuation of my ‘Living Memorial’ project (2011), which involved people acting as objects within memorial forms. I wanted ...
Laura Carthew Like birds on the water, Propositional Photo montage of a performance. 2011 This piece was going to be a continuation of my ‘Living Memorial’ project (2011), which involved people acting as objects within memorial forms. I wanted ...
W5749
22.04.2013
"Blinded Fish" - Jeane Doucas
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a dance-theatre performance, based in Butoh aesthetics. The theme: the schizophrenia and the blindness we live in our day life. These photos were photographed during a rehearsal, in 2011. ...
a dance-theatre performance, based in Butoh aesthetics. The theme: the schizophrenia and the blindness we live in our day life. These photos were photographed during a rehearsal, in 2011. ...
D10785
01.01.2013
TO BUY A CAR AND DROP IT IN THE OCEAN IN THE MIDDLE OF A FULLMOON NIGHT - Bruzzone
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TO BUY A CAR AND DROP IT IN THE OCEAN IN THE MIDDLE OF A FULLMOON NIGHT ...
TO BUY A CAR AND DROP IT IN THE OCEAN IN THE MIDDLE OF A FULLMOON NIGHT ...