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.

Engel-Detektor - Jakob Gautel & Jason Karaïndros

Temple of the western buddha (1971 Kathmedu) - Herman de Vries

The insurer - Fabrice Hybert

Der New-Babyloner - Constant

Festival du film de famille - Pierre Huyghe

Broadway Musicals - Christian Marclay

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

Invitation Space No.1 - Tania Mouraud

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

Double Exposure 1995-6  - Dan Graham

Agency of Unrealised Projects
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W4217
24.05.2011
24 hours Suicide  - Costa Vece
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24 hours Suicide von Costa Vece für Art Unlimited Basel 2003 24 hours Suicide: Das Wort Suicide (Selbstmord) wird temporär auf das grösste Gebäude der Schweiz, den Messeturm in Basel, während der Art Basel ‘03 angebracht. Der Mes ...
24 hours Suicide von Costa Vece für Art Unlimited Basel 2003 24 hours Suicide: Das Wort Suicide (Selbstmord) wird temporär auf das grösste Gebäude der Schweiz, den Messeturm in Basel, während der Art Basel ‘03 angebracht. Der Mes ...
W5279
15.10.2012
Brommibrücke - Filip Jonker
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From: info@filipjonker.nl Subject: Anfrage zur temporaerer Nutzung Brommibruecke Date: June 9, 2009 12:29:07 PM GMT+02:00 To: ingeborg.junge-reyer@senstadt.berlin.de Betreff: Anfrage zur temporaerer Nutzung des alten Brueckenpfeilers der Brommibruecke um ...
From: info@filipjonker.nl Subject: Anfrage zur temporaerer Nutzung Brommibruecke Date: June 9, 2009 12:29:07 PM GMT+02:00 To: ingeborg.junge-reyer@senstadt.berlin.de Betreff: Anfrage zur temporaerer Nutzung des alten Brueckenpfeilers der Brommibruecke um ...
W4078
23.05.2011
Infinity and Tipi - Kasia Ozga
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2 site-specific environmental art proposals in wicker: Infinity and Tipi I am proposing two different projects for and international residency in 2010. The first piece, entitled Infinity, will be a permanent work installed and braided on site by loc ...
2 site-specific environmental art proposals in wicker: Infinity and Tipi I am proposing two different projects for and international residency in 2010. The first piece, entitled Infinity, will be a permanent work installed and braided on site by loc ...
W5462
21.10.2012
Danses - Kevin Evensen
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Danses is a single channel digital video, comprised of three pieces, looped together to create a linear digital tryptic. The sound is an electro acoustic digital piece performed and arranged by myself, based on Erik Satie's Gymnopodies. TITLE Danses ...
Danses is a single channel digital video, comprised of three pieces, looped together to create a linear digital tryptic. The sound is an electro acoustic digital piece performed and arranged by myself, based on Erik Satie's Gymnopodies. TITLE Danses ...
W5426
20.10.2012
Hand Gardens - Vision Kaushik
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Hand Gardens Vision Kaushik Unrealized Berlin Proposal October 18 2012 My idea is simple and can be visualized easily. Hanging gardens based around giant wooden hands, lush and overgrown. An oasis in the city, where one can pocket themselves off an ...
Hand Gardens Vision Kaushik Unrealized Berlin Proposal October 18 2012 My idea is simple and can be visualized easily. Hanging gardens based around giant wooden hands, lush and overgrown. An oasis in the city, where one can pocket themselves off an ...
W5383
19.10.2012
Dorit Feldman, Orna Oren Izraeli and Na
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Unrealized Project – Dorit Feldman, Orna Oren Izraeli and Na’ama Zussman This is a proposal that suggests a unique practice of the library, on its books, ephemera and other objects of use, as if they were surfaces. The exhibition is suggested to t ...
Unrealized Project – Dorit Feldman, Orna Oren Izraeli and Na’ama Zussman This is a proposal that suggests a unique practice of the library, on its books, ephemera and other objects of use, as if they were surfaces. The exhibition is suggested to t ...
W10895
23.03.2015
The Great Wall Archive - The Bureau for Transgressive Tourism and the Acquisition of its Archives
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The Great Wall Archive presents many potential narratives through the collection and exhibition of an excess of specific and seemingly arbitrary information. Its conception was spurred by a curiosity in the ways we communicate with one another, specifical ...
The Great Wall Archive presents many potential narratives through the collection and exhibition of an excess of specific and seemingly arbitrary information. Its conception was spurred by a curiosity in the ways we communicate with one another, specifical ...
W4493
25.05.2011
Luzia Simons/
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W3788
18.05.2011
Etan Ilfeld
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I've had the idea for some time now of creating a viral YouTube video of tube/train/subway/bus passengers just missing their train/tube/bus. I tried filming a few times from within a train, hoping that some passengers would have the door closed on them be ...
I've had the idea for some time now of creating a viral YouTube video of tube/train/subway/bus passengers just missing their train/tube/bus. I tried filming a few times from within a train, hoping that some passengers would have the door closed on them be ...
W3611
13.05.2011
Atanas Atanasoski
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W3632
14.05.2011
(model for) REMOTE CONTROLLED STARS or HOW TO CHANGE YOUR DESTINY - Mary Sherman
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Once someone came up to the oh-so dandy J. McNeil Whistler and exclaimed that they were both from Lowell and just a year apart – he was 68; Whistler, 67. To which Whistler replied - for all to hear, of course - “Very charming! And so you are 68 and we ...
Once someone came up to the oh-so dandy J. McNeil Whistler and exclaimed that they were both from Lowell and just a year apart – he was 68; Whistler, 67. To which Whistler replied - for all to hear, of course - “Very charming! And so you are 68 and we ...
W4172
24.05.2011
The Neverending Fence - Tom Butler
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Statement for The Agency Of Unrealized Projects I use found postcards as miniature environments for sinister and fantastical scenarios. These proposals are not intended be realized and are also distanced from us by the age of the postcard, the only pl ...
Statement for The Agency Of Unrealized Projects I use found postcards as miniature environments for sinister and fantastical scenarios. These proposals are not intended be realized and are also distanced from us by the age of the postcard, the only pl ...
U9736
12.03.1997
Battery Park City - Per Kirkeby
Unbuilt Roads
Dear Mr. Kirkeby Today I received the ektachromes for the book on unrealised projects form Michael Werner in New York-many thanks. We would be most thankful if you could fax us some more text related to these projects. With my best regards Hans Ulrich ...
Dear Mr. Kirkeby Today I received the ektachromes for the book on unrealised projects form Michael Werner in New York-many thanks. We would be most thankful if you could fax us some more text related to these projects. With my best regards Hans Ulrich ...
W3773
18.05.2011
MEMORY OF AN UTOPIA Graphic Novel of the Popular Government in Chile, 1970-1973 - Luis Guerra
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Introduction During 2003 and 2004, I was working at the The National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture Report, the Valech Commission, a Governmental institution created by former President Ricardo Lagos. My work at the Commission consist ...
Introduction During 2003 and 2004, I was working at the The National Commission on Political Imprisonment and Torture Report, the Valech Commission, a Governmental institution created by former President Ricardo Lagos. My work at the Commission consist ...
W4543
25.05.2011
TO/HERE. moving an insignificant signal. - Paula Massarutti
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TO/HERE. moving an insignificant signal. [mass performance + object exhibition + production registers]. Suplicantes [Supplicants] – historical and symbolic context [Las Precolombinas] Pre- Columbian images known as the suplicantes, [see image 1] ...
TO/HERE. moving an insignificant signal. [mass performance + object exhibition + production registers]. Suplicantes [Supplicants] – historical and symbolic context [Las Precolombinas] Pre- Columbian images known as the suplicantes, [see image 1] ...
W4062
23.05.2011
List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text - Song-Ming Ang
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Dear Nokia, List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function. As an avid ...
Dear Nokia, List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function. As an avid ...
W5100
13.09.2012
je vois passer les roses - Copa & Sordes
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One more idea for ornaments in public space and in private life. See PDF ...
One more idea for ornaments in public space and in private life. See PDF ...
W4770
29.05.2011
jean-paul moreira
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For the location of a site specific vegetable garden installation, from the end of winter 2007 until fall, behind Blaak bus stop, near the WdKA in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, I imagined, designed and planned a 4x6x3metres glass house where climbing plants ...
For the location of a site specific vegetable garden installation, from the end of winter 2007 until fall, behind Blaak bus stop, near the WdKA in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, I imagined, designed and planned a 4x6x3metres glass house where climbing plants ...
W4325
24.05.2011
Valery Koroshilov
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A proposal for a mural "Artist's Studio" in a corporate environment interior, London 2010 ...
A proposal for a mural "Artist's Studio" in a corporate environment interior, London 2010 ...
W4373
25.05.2011
Thomas Friel
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"Potential Artworks to be Completed by You, the Viewer." A list of potential artworks that can be performed by anyone, one or many times, for an indefinite number of times. They are intended to offer an individual aesthetic experience to the performer. ...
"Potential Artworks to be Completed by You, the Viewer." A list of potential artworks that can be performed by anyone, one or many times, for an indefinite number of times. They are intended to offer an individual aesthetic experience to the performer. ...
W3579
13.05.2011
Nyela Saeed
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I was born in Mumbai and received my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai in 2004 and Post Baccalaureate Diploma from Pont Aven School of Art, Brittany, France in 2006. My last solo show titled ‘Impositions’ was held in Switzer ...
I was born in Mumbai and received my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Sir J.J School of Art, Mumbai in 2004 and Post Baccalaureate Diploma from Pont Aven School of Art, Brittany, France in 2006. My last solo show titled ‘Impositions’ was held in Switzer ...
W5132
19.09.2012
Leo Morrissey
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Leo Morrissey 310 West 4th Street 1107 Winston Salem NC, 27101 USA 336-473 –3888 Leomorrissey58@hotmail.com Lmorrissey22@hotmail.com Project Concept – (Summary/Description ) Create a postcard in an edition of 8875 (representing the popula ...
Leo Morrissey 310 West 4th Street 1107 Winston Salem NC, 27101 USA 336-473 –3888 Leomorrissey58@hotmail.com Lmorrissey22@hotmail.com Project Concept – (Summary/Description ) Create a postcard in an edition of 8875 (representing the popula ...
W4600
25.05.2011
INVESTIGATION2 - SASCHA MIKLOWEIT
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SASCHA MIKLOWEIT Unrealized project for a public transport or railway station Title: INVESTIGATION2 INTRODUCTION INVESTIGATION2 is the continuation of my field research project which started 2010 with INVESTIGATION1 (for detailed material regarding ...
SASCHA MIKLOWEIT Unrealized project for a public transport or railway station Title: INVESTIGATION2 INTRODUCTION INVESTIGATION2 is the continuation of my field research project which started 2010 with INVESTIGATION1 (for detailed material regarding ...
W3845
19.05.2011
Interactive Playground - GH Hovagimyan
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Abstract The interactive playground project consists of three works. 1. An interactive Seesaw 2. A jump rope machine 3. An interactive spiral slide The interactive seesaw has recently been completed as part of an LMCC residency at Governor’s ...
Abstract The interactive playground project consists of three works. 1. An interactive Seesaw 2. A jump rope machine 3. An interactive spiral slide The interactive seesaw has recently been completed as part of an LMCC residency at Governor’s ...
W4869
09.08.2012
Round-trip - Hazem Harb
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Round-trip series 2010 Harb observes a different kind of human suffering when confronted with migrant populations seeking refuge in Italy. He decided to take part in a popular migratory route from Rome to Barcelona commonly used by North African migran ...
Round-trip series 2010 Harb observes a different kind of human suffering when confronted with migrant populations seeking refuge in Italy. He decided to take part in a popular migratory route from Rome to Barcelona commonly used by North African migran ...
W4501
25.05.2011
My Modern Life
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My Modern Life _ text The project shows the search of young Latvians for indivudual aims, wishes, planes, freedom and others – in Latvian, English, German and Russian. It is an interdisciplinary project of film, photography and interverntion i ...
My Modern Life _ text The project shows the search of young Latvians for indivudual aims, wishes, planes, freedom and others – in Latvian, English, German and Russian. It is an interdisciplinary project of film, photography and interverntion i ...