ABOUT THE PROJECT

The ambition to collect and build a fantastical exhibition out of and about projects that have become impossible has been bubbling in the back of Anna Tregloan’s head for some time. The Impossible Project had a pilot iteration as part of the Australian Exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial and the intention, in 2020, was to build upon the idea and develop an immersive exhibition that captured an imagined but unrealised future. The Impossible Project would excavate the multitude of reasons (timing, bias, circumstance, or finance) that projects become impossible and celebrate ambition over product and imagination over limitations. 
Plans, of course, changed rather swiftly when the pandemic hit and expanded the project beyond what was imaginable. Not only did the idea of an immersive exhibition seem an unobtainable fantasy, the plethora of projects which had suddenly become impossible was daunting and ground-shaking. Projects of all sorts and scales were being cancelled and there was an urgency to document these rapidly fading moments, many of which were quickly disappearing from websites or being buried in the groundswell of ‘online’ offerings. 



To record every project disrupted, reorientated or obliterated by the pandemic was, of course in itself, an impossible task. But by reaching out through creative communities and employing creative detective work, The Impossible Project team has unearthed impossibilities of all types, scales, and creative philosophies. 
We are investigating impossibility in its widest sense and embedded in the project’s philosophy is the idea that something currently impossible is not precluded from becoming possible again. While this year necessitated a focus on pandemic-affected projects, they are just a part of a larger collection, spanning across forms and mediums and ideas as well as reasons to become impossible. 
The Impossible Project is being released online throughout October and November 2020 and will be featured as part of Performance Space’s Liveworks with LIVE DREAMS providing a platform for six artists to explore the possibilities within the impossibility of their works. It is both an archive and a creative exposition of creative process, prediction, and inhibited realisation, with smaller Impossible Tasks and Impossible Sketches forming a substantial part of the collection. As the collection goes online, we will also be calling out for more projects to join the dream.
No project is too small or too big, too weird, too failed. Nothing is too impossible, or not impossible enough. 
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