Agency of Unrealized Projects

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? AUP seeks to document and display these works, in this way charting the terrain of a contingent future.

Though the state of being unrealized implies the potential for realization, not all projects are intended to be carried out. In other instances, artists deliberately leave works incomplete, to record very interesting "failures" or experiments. Other planned projects involve consciously utopian, non-utilitarian, and conceptual spaces that were not made available for realization. Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action.

AUP has been exhibited in the following venues:

Kopfbau, Art Basel, Germany, 2011

DAADgalerie, Berlin, Germany, 2012

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“The Agency of Unrealized Projects”, The Agency of Unrealized Projects

I'd been wondering when this would show up. It's "Art Fiction" – a show about unrealized artworks that don't actually exist yet. August 30, 2012 daadgalerie Agency Of Unrealized Projects September 9–October 20, 2012 daadgalerie Zimmerstr. 90 10117 Berlin Mon-Sat 11–18h www.daadgalerie.de With Jimmie Durham, Natascha Sadr...

I'd been wondering when this would show up. It's "Art Fiction" – a show about unrealized artworks that don't actually exist yet.

August 30, 2012
daadgalerie

Agency Of Unrealized Projects
September 9–October 20, 2012
daadgalerie
Zimmerstr. 90 10117 Berlin
Mon-Sat 11–18h www.daadgalerie.de

With Jimmie Durham, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl and Stefan Wewerka, as well as Hans Ulrich Obrist and Anton Vidokle.

"Agency Of Unrealized Projects" (AUP) is a project by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle. The Berlin edition of AUP is conceived in collaboration with Berliner Künstlerprogramm/ DAAD.

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? (((Well, yeah, perhaps there is, especially after you do a show about it.)))

Agency of Unrealized Projects seeks to document and display these works, in this way charting the terrain of a contingent future.

Though the state of being unrealized implies the potential for realization, not all projects are intended to be carried out. In other instances, artists deliberately leave works incomplete, to record interesting "failures" or experiments. Other planned projects involve consciously utopian, non-utilitarian, and conceptual spaces that were not made available for realization. Whether censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible, or rejected, unrealized projects form a unique testament to the speculative power of non-action.

AUP follows "Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealized Projects" collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa after several years of international research conducted in the late 1990s (and published in form of a book in 1997, Gerd Hatje, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany), with contributions by 107 artists, from Vito Acconci to Rosemarie Trockel.

Ever since this first publication, Hans Ulrich Obrist has continued his research into unrealized artist's projects. Famously, the question on the "unrealized projects" of an artist is the only recurring question in his countless interviews with artists. Under the name of AUP the artist projects in "Unbuilt Roads" were first presented by e-flux in New York in 2009 followed by an open call for unrealized projects published in 2011 and an AUP exhibition in Basel in 2011.

This new open call for unrealized projects is launched on the occasion of a Berlin edition of AUP in collaboration with the Berliner Künstlerprogramm/ DAAD. Additionally, numerous Berlin artists, as well as former and current guests of the Berliner Künstlerporgramm/ DAAD are invited to participate. The AUP will take up temporary residence at the daadgalerie in Berlin from September 9th to October 20th, 2012 to present newly submitted projects as well as the existing inventory of the AUP archive.

The public is also invited to explore and to browse through the growing archive of unrealized artistic ideas. The daadgalerie installation of AUP will be accompanied by a public program of lectures and presentations with numerous guests considering artistic and philosophical perspectives of the "unrealized" or the "unrealizable."

The lecture series commences with the opening of AUP on Sunday, September 9th, with presentations by Jimmie Durham, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl and Stefan Wewerka, as well as Hans Ulrich Obrist and Anton Vidokle.

Open Call and current information on the lecture series can be found at:

www.e-flux.com
www.daadgalerie.de
www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de

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“Agency of Unrealized Projects”, Agency of Unrealized Projects

“Agency Of Unrealized Projects“ (AUP) is a project by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle and Julia Peyton-Jones. The Berlin edition of AUP is conceived in collaboration with Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD. It is a public database of censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible or...

“Agency Of Unrealized Projects“ (AUP) is a project by e-flux and the Serpentine Gallery London devised by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle and Julia Peyton-Jones. The Berlin edition of AUP is conceived in collaboration with Berliner Künstlerprogramm/DAAD.

It is a public database of censored, forgotten, postponed, impossible or rejected art projects, by nearly 2000 artists. View online and submit your unrealized projects.

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? 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.

e-flux was invited to develop a special project for the Kopfbau during Art Basel 42, in 2011. The Kopfbau (head building) was the oldest building in the Messeplatz complex, slated for demolition later in the year. In response to this invitation, e-flux developed a constellation of projects situated somewhere between exhibitions of art and the concrete forms of sociality encountered in everyday life. Conceived as an independent universe with its own bar, hotel, shops, admissions, and so forth, this project functioned in parallel, and as the inverse to the neighboring art fair: operating during alternative hours and in surprising and often paradoxical ways, and ranging in scope from the educational to playfully predatory and mercantile. Its component parts drew on a wide circle of institutions, artists, curators, and writers who have been involved with various e-flux projects over the past several years and comprised seven discrete projects, including Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP).

A new open call for unrealized projects was launched on the occasion of a Berlin edition of AUP in collaboration with the Berliner Künstlerprogramm/ DAAD. Additionally, numerous Berlin artists, as well as former and current guests of the Berliner Künstlerporgramm/ DAAD were invited to participate. The AUP will take up temporary residence at the daadgalerie in Berlin from September 9th to October 20th 2012 to present newly submitted projects as well as the existing inventory of the AUP archive. The public was also invited to explore and to browse through the growing archive of unrealized artistic ideas.

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