AUP project, E-Flux, Art Basel

Light Emitting Clematis, Newark Orphan Asylum and Water! Water! exhibited as part of E-Flux’s Agency of Unrealized Projects at Kopfbau,  Art Basel and daadgalerie, Berlin.

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.

View of Agency of Unrealized Projects, Kopfbau, Basel, 2011. Courtesy of e-flux, New York. © e-flux.

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.

 

Water! Water! Ann LePore and Anibal Pella-Woo

Proposal for the Weehawken water tower. This collaborative project is an audio-visual installation for the Weehawken Water Tower. The Weehawken Water Tower stands to become one of the identifying visual landmarks of this diverse, dynamic and rapidly changing community.

 

LePore Light Emitting Clematis

Light Emitting Clematis for the NJ Bell Telephone building, now Verizon, 540 Broad St. Timed LED lights will crawl up the building, providing a beautiful, abstract flourish that hints at visual communication being “Beamed Up” from the Telecom building.

 

Newark Orphan Asylum is a proposal for public art at NJIT Alumni Center at 323 Marlin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark. In conjunction with Do1thing.org, an organization for homeless youth, portraits of nearly college- age homeless youths will be projected on the college building that was once an orphan asylum.

Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) at daadgalerie, 2012, Berlin. © e-flux.

The daadgalerie installation of AUP was 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 started with the opening of AUP on Sunday, September 9th, with presentations by Jimmie Durham, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Karl Holmqvist, Hito Steyerl and Stefan Wewerka, as well as Hans Ulrich Obrist and Anton Vidokle. The 2nd series of presentations took place on Sunday, the 23rd of September with Frederik Swennen, Joana Hajithomas, Tisha Mukarji, and Julieta Aranda. A third series on October 21st included Bazon Brock, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Zvi Hecker, Bethan Huws and Olaf Metzel.

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.

View of Agency of Unrealized Projects filling cabinet, Kopfbau, Basel, 2011. Courtesy of e-flux, New York. © e-flux.

Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP) was a temporary office exhibiting its growing archive of several hundred unrealized art projects, comprising contributions received through an open call, as well those originally collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and presented in the book Unbuilt Roads (1993). AUP presents works by Judith Barry, Heman Chong, Jimmie Durham, Yona Friedman, Philippe Parreno and many others.