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.

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

Passage - Richard Wentworth

"Free Space" - Michelangelo Pistoletto

Relatum (Iron Plate and Stone) - Lee Ufan

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

d'un projet dédié aux victimes de la Shoah. - Christian Boltanski

Engel-Detektor - Jakob Gautel & Jason Karaïndros

To Two Too; Hypothetical Monument for a Natural Disaster - Jeffrey Wisniewski

Attitudine Diplomatica - Hermann Pitz

La Guerra De Los Simbolos - Victor Grippo

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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U9923
01.01.1993
den anonymen Tod ausstellen - Gregor Schneider
Unbuilt Roads
Ich wache auf Eine Junge Frau liegt neben mir. Das licht fällt auf ihren blassen körper. Sie at mit nicht. Ich warme sie. sie sieht wunderschön und glucklich aus. Rhydt 1995 Ein toter Mensch liegt auf dem Boden. Licht fällt auf den blassen Körp ...
Ich wache auf Eine Junge Frau liegt neben mir. Das licht fällt auf ihren blassen körper. Sie at mit nicht. Ich warme sie. sie sieht wunderschön und glucklich aus. Rhydt 1995 Ein toter Mensch liegt auf dem Boden. Licht fällt auf den blassen Körp ...
W4999
30.08.2012
Fiaba - Peter Friedl
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Peter Friedl Fiaba, 1997 The sisters of the previously deceased gallerist Lucio Amelio, legendary well beyond Naples, asked Friedl for a project proposal for an individual exhibition in the gallery whose fate now lay in her hands. Oriented on Neapolit ...
Peter Friedl Fiaba, 1997 The sisters of the previously deceased gallerist Lucio Amelio, legendary well beyond Naples, asked Friedl for a project proposal for an individual exhibition in the gallery whose fate now lay in her hands. Oriented on Neapolit ...
W5032
31.08.2012
Peter Friedl
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When Roger M. Buergel was appointed artistic director of documenta 12, I was asked to develop some ideas for the visual design of d12. I quickly started with research work at the documenta archives in Kassel. Due to ill communication it didn't make much s ...
When Roger M. Buergel was appointed artistic director of documenta 12, I was asked to develop some ideas for the visual design of d12. I quickly started with research work at the documenta archives in Kassel. Due to ill communication it didn't make much s ...
W3564
12.05.2011
Das Kapital - Marcello Mercado
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Das Kapital: http://www.marcellomercado.com/html/videoart/index.html "Marcello Mercado’s Capital is neither a finished product nor artware. His Capital is a work-in-progress. It will not be finished until the artist no longer believes in it or when ...
Das Kapital: http://www.marcellomercado.com/html/videoart/index.html "Marcello Mercado’s Capital is neither a finished product nor artware. His Capital is a work-in-progress. It will not be finished until the artist no longer believes in it or when ...
W4972
24.08.2012
Memories on the Falls - R. Songe Lee
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Memories on the Falls Video projection by R. Songe Lee Place: Niagara Falls Memory of people traverses through space and time that is projected onto the Niagara Falls. There are two projections, one waterfall with a space that still exists ...
Memories on the Falls Video projection by R. Songe Lee Place: Niagara Falls Memory of people traverses through space and time that is projected onto the Niagara Falls. There are two projections, one waterfall with a space that still exists ...
W3682
16.05.2011
Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson
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Two Barges is a proposal for a pair of illuminated signs to be ferried around the island of Manhattan using the Hudson, Harlem and East Rivers.   The signs will be made from panels of tungsten lightbulbs fixed to a supporting metal rig.   The letters wi ...
Two Barges is a proposal for a pair of illuminated signs to be ferried around the island of Manhattan using the Hudson, Harlem and East Rivers.   The signs will be made from panels of tungsten lightbulbs fixed to a supporting metal rig.   The letters wi ...
W5186
30.09.2012
Untitled (‘Memory: Un/Successful, In/Complete’)  - Betty Nigianni
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Untitled (‘Memory: Un/Successful, In/Complete’) - - Oil and acrylic paints, inkjet prints, tissue paper, and straw on canvas, 80X120 cm approx. (2010-11) Initiated during a course at the Slade School of Fine Art, this experimental painting develo ...
Untitled (‘Memory: Un/Successful, In/Complete’) - - Oil and acrylic paints, inkjet prints, tissue paper, and straw on canvas, 80X120 cm approx. (2010-11) Initiated during a course at the Slade School of Fine Art, this experimental painting develo ...
W3865
19.05.2011
23rd Street Station MTA PROPOSAL 5-5-00 - Chris Twomey
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The concept for this proposal evolved from my own experience riding the subway line last year when I had to travel with my infant. I would board the train at rush hour with her sleeping snugly positioned in my body. Then, I noticed the harried and tired ...
The concept for this proposal evolved from my own experience riding the subway line last year when I had to travel with my infant. I would board the train at rush hour with her sleeping snugly positioned in my body. Then, I noticed the harried and tired ...
W5159
24.09.2012
The DECISION is yours - Taša Turk
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»The DECISION is yours« »The DECISION is yours« is an unrealized project. The idea was created in 2009 as a response to what was happening in society and on the planet. The main thought of the project was to remind the observer of how important a ...
»The DECISION is yours« »The DECISION is yours« is an unrealized project. The idea was created in 2009 as a response to what was happening in society and on the planet. The main thought of the project was to remind the observer of how important a ...
W10263
18.06.2014
Blue Spiral - Miklos Legrady
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An urban transformation painting the smokestacks of downtown Toronto. ...
An urban transformation painting the smokestacks of downtown Toronto. ...
W4437
25.05.2011
)SBP(  - anna ferraro
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)SBP( Spazio di Baratto Permanente Lo Spazio di Baratto Permanente (SBP) è un’ipotesi di lavoro per la città di Bologna e per i suoi abitanti. Lo scorcio che si apre al mio sguardo è quello di una città caratterizzata dal “non più”. Ovvero ...
)SBP( Spazio di Baratto Permanente Lo Spazio di Baratto Permanente (SBP) è un’ipotesi di lavoro per la città di Bologna e per i suoi abitanti. Lo scorcio che si apre al mio sguardo è quello di una città caratterizzata dal “non più”. Ovvero ...
W4209
24.05.2011
Monumentti Kutsunta - Will Foster
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Monumentti Kutsunta. Monument Conscription. 2003, Helsinki. Call a draft for individuals to become public Monuments for one hour. The underline concept can be seen in ‘One & Other’ a work later realised by Antony Gormley on the fourth plinth. ...
Monumentti Kutsunta. Monument Conscription. 2003, Helsinki. Call a draft for individuals to become public Monuments for one hour. The underline concept can be seen in ‘One & Other’ a work later realised by Antony Gormley on the fourth plinth. ...
W4282
24.05.2011
USS PALIN - Kevin Sampson
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Book of Ezekiel (12: 1-2) " ... Oh mortals, thou dwellest among the rebellious breed. They have eyes to see but see not; they have ears to hear, but hear not..." I have been constructing vessels for several years. After thinking about the current s ...
Book of Ezekiel (12: 1-2) " ... Oh mortals, thou dwellest among the rebellious breed. They have eyes to see but see not; they have ears to hear, but hear not..." I have been constructing vessels for several years. After thinking about the current s ...
W5164
25.09.2012
E-Motion Pictures - Ron Weijers
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The ‘E-Motion Pictures’ project by the Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Ron Weijers, one could review as a series of mixed media video works that are only present in a specific set space and time – as opposed to his regular mixed-media paintings whic ...
The ‘E-Motion Pictures’ project by the Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Ron Weijers, one could review as a series of mixed media video works that are only present in a specific set space and time – as opposed to his regular mixed-media paintings whic ...
W4608
25.05.2011
jeffrey schiff
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W5343
18.10.2012
Unrealized project proposal for AUP  - Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris
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Unrealized project proposal for AUP Willing to continue investigating our relationship with natural components of the environment and expanding the development of the project in progress “Untitled dualism”, it would be a matter of great interest f ...
Unrealized project proposal for AUP Willing to continue investigating our relationship with natural components of the environment and expanding the development of the project in progress “Untitled dualism”, it would be a matter of great interest f ...
W4919
16.08.2012
Random Conservatorio - Riccardo Benassi
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Random Conservatorio An old public swimming pool, disused since many years, will re-open today. Instead of being refill with water, the pool is pack with small and colorful toy keyboards. Any splash is a tune, any children a musician. Random Conse ...
Random Conservatorio An old public swimming pool, disused since many years, will re-open today. Instead of being refill with water, the pool is pack with small and colorful toy keyboards. Any splash is a tune, any children a musician. Random Conse ...
W4383
25.05.2011
Lunch - Tra Bouscaren
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Tra Bouscaren: Lunch For the "Lunch" project, I propose to cut off a piece of my own ass and have it grown in a laboratory until it reaches some kind of meal-like proportions, and then eat it as a performance. In addition, I would like to to make ...
Tra Bouscaren: Lunch For the "Lunch" project, I propose to cut off a piece of my own ass and have it grown in a laboratory until it reaches some kind of meal-like proportions, and then eat it as a performance. In addition, I would like to to make ...
W4491
25.05.2011
An unrealized high relief sculpture project from Istanbul. - Dilara Akay
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An unrealized high relief sculpture project from Istanbul. In October 2010 I was asked to propose a work for a building of a leading Turkish retail operation brand's headquarters in Istanbul. I made the presentation at the beginning of February 2011. And ...
An unrealized high relief sculpture project from Istanbul. In October 2010 I was asked to propose a work for a building of a leading Turkish retail operation brand's headquarters in Istanbul. I made the presentation at the beginning of February 2011. And ...
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 ...
W4516
25.05.2011
Viktor Timofeev
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In this painting I have "created" a triumphal arch constructed out of 13 worker-housing units, stacked precariously and defying the laws of physics. While this village/monument is rendered to appear structurally sound, its context is most certainly utopia ...
In this painting I have "created" a triumphal arch constructed out of 13 worker-housing units, stacked precariously and defying the laws of physics. While this village/monument is rendered to appear structurally sound, its context is most certainly utopia ...
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 ...
W5375
19.10.2012
Trail Blazing Awesomeness: A submission to create an interactive hiking experience - K. Alex Johnson
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A submission to create an interactive hiking experience ...
A submission to create an interactive hiking experience ...
W4829
07.08.2012
Le Grand Mort - Edgar Orlaineta
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Edgar Orlianeta México City 1972 LE GRAND MORT (La Gran Muerte). 2002. Digital photo-montage for project to be located in the desert near Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (México) and El Paso, Texas (US). The project was meant to be made with a steel pol ...
Edgar Orlianeta México City 1972 LE GRAND MORT (La Gran Muerte). 2002. Digital photo-montage for project to be located in the desert near Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua (México) and El Paso, Texas (US). The project was meant to be made with a steel pol ...
W4044
22.05.2011
Annie Wu & Ziga Testen
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The project we have in mind begins with a little anecdote. Upon a chance meeting with Australian geometric abstraction painter John Nixon (1949) in the Netherlands, a thorough conversation revolving around a discontinued line of an Ikea table was brought ...
The project we have in mind begins with a little anecdote. Upon a chance meeting with Australian geometric abstraction painter John Nixon (1949) in the Netherlands, a thorough conversation revolving around a discontinued line of an Ikea table was brought ...
W3862
19.05.2011
WATER’, A Concept for Exhibition (to include the Site Specific Installation titled ‘Glint’)  - Kate Petley
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Water: -As historical structure for migration, agriculture, and conflict -As political catalyst -Defining geography, location, and place or point of reference -As a poetic source for all kinds of inspiration -Mutable, shape-shifting substance that ca ...
Water: -As historical structure for migration, agriculture, and conflict -As political catalyst -Defining geography, location, and place or point of reference -As a poetic source for all kinds of inspiration -Mutable, shape-shifting substance that ca ...