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.

Nicht realisierte Projekte - Stefan Demary

Brücke Wein-Kanal Arch. Hermann Czech, Wein - Franz West

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

The lmprobable Flow - Larry Bell

Fax Transmission - Raymond Pettibone and Jason Rhoades

A FAIRLY TALL TOWER, 48,000 Miles High -  - Siah Armajani

MAK - Wien  - Rosemarie Trockel

"Ileana, I love you" - Maurizo Cattelan

Dog Jaw Monument - A Futurist Tele-introject - Leon Golub

2 Architecture Towers - Robert Irwin

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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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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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 to stage a commemorative performance in Melbourne, with 300 people.... ...
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 to stage a commemorative performance in Melbourne, with 300 people.... ...
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. ...
W5519
10.01.2013
Will Sizemore
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Dutch Artist Berndnaut Smilde will be creating a new cloud installation at Land of Tomorrow in Louisville, KY. This will be Smilde's first solo exhibit in the United States, also featuring a selection of new and previous works by the artist. ...
Dutch Artist Berndnaut Smilde will be creating a new cloud installation at Land of Tomorrow in Louisville, KY. This will be Smilde's first solo exhibit in the United States, also featuring a selection of new and previous works by the artist. ...
W5504
15.11.2012
(M)other - Alireza Labeshka
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My mother says when I was a baby it was not easy to wean me off her breast. Later on in order to make me give up the pacifier, my mom pinned it to the curtain of my room so I would suppose it wounded and that it cannot be used again. I have heard that day ...
My mother says when I was a baby it was not easy to wean me off her breast. Later on in order to make me give up the pacifier, my mom pinned it to the curtain of my room so I would suppose it wounded and that it cannot be used again. I have heard that day ...
W5499
09.11.2012
CUBICAL PROGRESSION  - Ada Avetist
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Status: This project runs in the spirit of “concrete Utopia”, a project which is yet to be realized. This implies that it might take the duration of my lifetime to realize this work, but has to be realized at some point because I believe in its potent ...
Status: This project runs in the spirit of “concrete Utopia”, a project which is yet to be realized. This implies that it might take the duration of my lifetime to realize this work, but has to be realized at some point because I believe in its potent ...
W5496
30.10.2012
Hermitage Pilgrimage: Art Video - Sheridan Lowrey
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The first project, "Contemporary Neo-Objective Sculpture," describes a combination of objects, an installation, which I prefer to leave as text. The second, "Hermitage Toilet Overflow," an unawarded sabbatical proposal. Sheridan Lowrey Full-time Fa ...
The first project, "Contemporary Neo-Objective Sculpture," describes a combination of objects, an installation, which I prefer to leave as text. The second, "Hermitage Toilet Overflow," an unawarded sabbatical proposal. Sheridan Lowrey Full-time Fa ...
W5491
26.10.2012
AUDIOLABIA - Karen Hibbard
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Arist Book Proposal by Karen Hibbard, Women’s Studio Workshop, 2011. The title merges the words ‘audio’ and ‘labia’. Audio is any refers to any representation of sound. Labium (plural labia) is a Latin‐derived term meaning "Lip".The labia are ...
Arist Book Proposal by Karen Hibbard, Women’s Studio Workshop, 2011. The title merges the words ‘audio’ and ‘labia’. Audio is any refers to any representation of sound. Labium (plural labia) is a Latin‐derived term meaning "Lip".The labia are ...
W5489
26.10.2012
The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving - Sascha Pohflepp
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The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving 3000 helium-filled balloons are held in place form the column-like vertical plume that resembles the one found just after the launch of a space rocket. After being released, the column dissipates under the influenc ...
The Greatest Show on Earth is Leaving 3000 helium-filled balloons are held in place form the column-like vertical plume that resembles the one found just after the launch of a space rocket. After being released, the column dissipates under the influenc ...
W5486
24.10.2012
Top Ten Words I Am Sick of Seeing on Artists Statements - Andrea Liu
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liminal space “in its final iteration” itinerant practice “rupture” or “suture” post-Fordism the performative dimension of language seeks to negotiate the tension between X and Y seeks to problemati ...
liminal space “in its final iteration” itinerant practice “rupture” or “suture” post-Fordism the performative dimension of language seeks to negotiate the tension between X and Y seeks to problemati ...
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 ...
W5483
22.10.2012
How much spices? - Mirna Arsovska
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International İstanbul Biennial Proposal for interactive installation “How much spices?” by Mirna Arsovska A: TEHNICAL DESCRIPTION 1. Exhibition space Large enough space / hall, separated in tree colored segments: black, grey, white 2. O ...
International İstanbul Biennial Proposal for interactive installation “How much spices?” by Mirna Arsovska A: TEHNICAL DESCRIPTION 1. Exhibition space Large enough space / hall, separated in tree colored segments: black, grey, white 2. O ...
W5481
21.10.2012
Jae Yeon Chung
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This work is about an imaginary private emergency shelter underneath church crypt. The work consists of a short video and two installed pieces, one inside and one outside the church, which demarcate the entrance and the exit to the emergency shelter.... ...
This work is about an imaginary private emergency shelter underneath church crypt. The work consists of a short video and two installed pieces, one inside and one outside the church, which demarcate the entrance and the exit to the emergency shelter.... ...
W5480
21.10.2012
mosque - Marek Kucharski
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The aim of the installation "mosque" is to draw public attention to the changes that occurred for a few years in the Polish culture. Currently, due to the increasing level of wealth in Poland, our country is increasingly becoming a target of emigration. ...
The aim of the installation "mosque" is to draw public attention to the changes that occurred for a few years in the Polish culture. Currently, due to the increasing level of wealth in Poland, our country is increasingly becoming a target of emigration. ...