Unrealized Projects Call. Deadline: May 25, 2011

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? Agency of Unrealized Projects (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.

You are invited to contribute your own unrealized projects to AUP’s growing archive. Contributions can include text (DOC) and image files (two JPEGs or PDFs up to 2MB each), and can be submitted online at http://www.e-flux.com/aup. Please include one paragraph describing your project.

Submission deadline: May 25, 2011

The Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) will be opening a temporary office in Basel this June, comprising of an archive of unrealized art projects. This will present projects collected through this open call and those collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Guy Tortosa following several years of international research conducted in the late 90s. AUP follows the exhibition of the book project Unbuilt Roads: 107 Unrealized Projects, presented as a public archive at e-flux in 2009.

AUP is a project of e-flux in collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery devised by Julieta Aranda, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones and Anton Vidokle.


3 thoughts on “Unrealized Projects Call. Deadline: May 25, 2011”

    1. You are right, Paolo, the Disclaimer is somewhat confusing, especially the part that you highlight, the “all rights” in the second paragraph. But, to me it seems that they DO refer to the exhibition and publication rights, not to copyright itself (which stays with the contributor, as stated in the third paragraph). Thank you for the warning, these things can be tricky. Best, Moritz

      e-flux maintains the right to make a selection of the submitted materials, according to its discretion and according to the concept of the project. e-flux reserves the right to use any selected works for the promotion of the project, in any media.
      Every contributor agrees to give e-flux all rights over their submission, including but not limited to, the submission’s display in an exhibition presentation, publication or website or in any other form of communication chosen by e-flux, including exhibition documentation.
      Each contributor is responsible for the copyright of their submitted material and must also acknowledge that their materials do not infringe the rights of any third party. Any submitted materials are the responsibility of each contributor and not e-flux. Submitted material, whether posted publicly or transmitted privately, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such material originated.

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