e-flux / by Nathalie Chikhi

A bit, I have submitted Proteiform a sculpture object, unfinished to the eflux database.

Proteiform is an uncompleted work started in May 2010. My first intention was to implant multiples yellow pins in big Styrofoam balls to create a 1:1 human scale installation. At the time, my budget to create this new work was somehow limited. I choose to experiment the idea by using smaller balls and reducing the number of elements.

You can see my project & PDF on e-flux website.

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.