100 Projects I Never Finished

Dora Garcia, 100 Impossible Artworks, 2001, detail.

How do some people manage to be so incredibly productive, prolific and creative? Can we please replace the list of publications in our CVs with lists of projects we never finished?

It reminds me of a work I saw two years ago around this time in a temporary exhibition on lists at the Louvre. My plan was, at the time, to write a review of the mille e tre exhibition and to get it published.

Did it ever happen? You have three guesses.

In lieu of my 100 Projects I Never Finished, here’s

100 Impossible Artworks
by Dora Garcia (extract; my translations from the French)

1 – live someone else’s life
2 – dream someone else’s dreams
3 – live forever
16 – re-live your childhood
26 – limit the number of questions and answers
28 – know the truth
34 – remember everything
45 – fill an abyss
48 – skip a day
49 – put the same text in all books
73 – be behind and in front of the door
78 – become transparent
99 – take a photograph of every instant of your life
100 – nothing

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2 thoughts on “100 Projects I Never Finished

  1. I need to make a list like this, to go along with the 43 things lists I do every now and again. ’43 things I most likely won’t complete before I die’. Although now that I think about it, the amount of overlap would be staggering. I’d like to read your list, too. :-)

  2. Oh my God!
    So i’m not the only one!!!
    I’ve had this ‘thing’ of carrying a baggage of unfinished creative projects for so many years.The frustrated thought of them was always at the back of mind…and the guilty feeling….
    Three years ago i was soooo frustrated with the amount of my unfinished stuff I accumulated, that i decided to do a ‘funeral’ and burn a lot of the material belonging to these projects. I couldn’t go back to them and i wanted to make some space for a new way of working!!!
    I did a big fire in the garden, a friend of mine filmed it all, another friend assisted me emotionally, it was a cold miserable day in November, and it was painful, a bit shocking, difficult to let go…..
    The right thing to do for me though, looking back!
    I haven’t watched that video that was made, yet!

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