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“Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands” book launch this Friday in Amsterdam!

Punk-Grafiti-Archives-The-Netherlands

Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands, covers the country’s punk-originated graffiti scene that thrived from 1977 to 1983. The book was published as a companion to last year’s Unlock Book Fair, which took place in Amsterdam in December 8–9 under the topic “punk and graffiti”. It features plenty of rare documentation, including newspaper articles, zine pages, comics and ephemera, all of it translated into English.

This Friday 13th we travel back to Amsterdam to celebrate the launch of the second, expanded edition of the book. Join us for an evening of punk graffiti! The event will include the screening of two extremely obscure video-documents of Amsterdam’s punk graffiti years, and a poetry reading by Diana Ozon, a friend of Unlock and the main contributor to the book.

Friday 13th September 2019
19–23h
NieuwLand
Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93
Amsterdam
Free entrance

Facebook event: facebook.com/events/495908184301341

More about the book here: unlockfair.com/punk-graffiti-archives-the-netherlands

Punk Grafiti Files The Netherlands

2019-09-07T08:49:57+02:002019 / 09 / 07|0 Comments

The program for the Tag Conference 2019 is online

Tag Conference 2019

The call for papers for the Tag Conference 2019 has received applications from fourteen countries in Europe, North and South America. A total of twelve papers have been selected to present together with our six guest speakers. Research approaches include calligraphy, art history, dance, archaeology, spoken word, anthropology, sociology, urban studies, photography, cinematography, internet studies, philosophy and graffiti studies.

Check the complete list of speakers at thetagconference.com. In two weeks, in Cologne!

2019-08-22T09:28:35+02:002019 / 08 / 22|0 Comments

The program for the Unlock Book Fair 2019 is online! See you in Cologne

Unlock Book Fair

The full lineup of exhibitors and the events program for the 2019 Unlock Book Fair is now online at unlockfair.com. We are once more proud to gather a good part of the most cutting edge independent publishers of the European graffiti and street art scene. Like every year, we have projects that hail from other continents as well – this time we are happy to welcome Insomnia, the first graffiti magazine from Israel, and US publishing house Cut in the Fence, co-directed by Adam Void, who will give a lecture about the project.

Among the many old and new friends joining this unique gathering, we are most honoured to host the launch of two particularly ambitious and long-awaited projects. One is Boulevard magazine, edited by the German authors and curators Robert Kaltenhäuser and Harald Hinz. In its first issue, Boulevard features a collection of interesting articles from past years, originally published in different languages and now finally translated into English. The second groundbreaking contribution is Grintz, directed by Paris-based curator Christian Omodeo, a collaborative online database for graffiti and street art publications that is sure to change the game for aficionados across the world.

boulevard issue 1 2019

The list of highlights in the fair’s events program includes a reading by UK author Carl Cattermole from his highly-entertaining book Prisonism (Penguin 2019) –whose first printing sold out in two weeks–, a dance performance by Turkish-German calligrapher and choreographer Kadir ‘Amigo’ Memis, and the screening of the film Inside the gancheros meeting, a rare look into the obscure “ganchos” tagging culture of Monterrey, México.

The book fair and accompanying events will take place outdoors, with the street blocked to car traffic for the whole weekend. We will be surrounded by many other events from the program of CityLeaks Festival –our host for 2019– including music until at least 1AM. To warm up the event, on the Friday before the fair we will celebrate with a party at Dedicated Store, the hub of the local graffiti scene.

Check the full program at unlockfair.com!

The CityLeaks team working on the festival’s venue for 2019

2019-08-22T09:17:21+02:002019 / 08 / 20|0 Comments

The Unlock Showcase travels to México City

Unlock Showcase

The Unlock Showcase will pop up this month in México City by invitation of ENCRyM and Lab4. Come to check and buy rare, underground publications sourced from the Unlock Book Fair.

July 2019

Saturday 27
14–16:30h
Lab4
Naranjo 104, Santa María la Ribera

Monday 29
15:30–18h
ENCRyM, Aula Magna
General Anaya 187

ABOUT THE UNLOCK SHOWCASE

The Unlock Showcase is a travelling pop-up bookstore focused on graffiti and street art. Our books are sourced from the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from all over Europe. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

The Unlock Book Fair is the international publishing fair for graffiti and street art. It provides publishers, artists and aficionados with a unique space for meeting and exchange. It has thus become the annual meeting point for this thriving publishing scene, and the place to showcase the most cutting-edge projects in the field. The fair has taken place in Barcelona (2016), Berlin (2017) and Amsterdam (2018), and in 2019 it travels to Cologne.

In the past three years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has visited Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu, Besançon, Wien, Cáceres, Málaga, Madrid, Aberdeen, Lund, Kassel and Monterrey. Next stop is México City, don’t miss it!

2019-07-10T22:40:03+02:002019 / 07 / 10|0 Comments

The Unlock Showcase travels to Monterrey, México

Wf_Muestra-de-la-feria-del-libro-Unlock

The Unlock Showcase will pop up this month in Monterrey, México by invitation of Callegenera Festival. Come to check and buy rare, underground publications sourced from the Unlock Book Fair.

Centro de las Artes, Nave Generadores
Av. Fundidora y Adolfo Pietro s/n.
Col. Obrera, Monterrey N.L.
Interior Parque Fundidora

July 2019
Friday 19, 19–22h
Saturday 20, 15–21h
Monday 22, 17–21h
Tuesday 23, 17–21h
Wednesday 24, 17–21h

ABOUT THE UNLOCK SHOWCASE

The Unlock Showcase is a travelling pop-up bookstore focused on graffiti and street art. Our books are sourced from the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from all over Europe. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

The Unlock Book Fair is the international publishing fair for graffiti and street art. It provides publishers, artists and aficionados with a unique space for meeting and exchange. It has thus become the annual meeting point for this thriving publishing scene, and the place to showcase the most cutting-edge projects in the field. The fair has taken place in Barcelona (2016), Berlin (2017) and Amsterdam (2018), and in 2019 it travels to Cologne.

In the past three years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has visited Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu, Besançon, Wien, Cáceres, Málaga, Madrid, Aberdeen, Lund and Kassel. Next stop is Monterrey, don’t miss it!

2019-07-10T23:13:20+02:002019 / 07 / 09|0 Comments

The Unlock Showcase travels to Kassel

Unlock Showcase Kassel 2019

The Unlock Showcase will pop up tomorrow in Kassel by invitation of the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof. Come to check and buy rare, underground publications sourced from the Unlock Book Fair. The Showcase will be part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Kulturzentrum.

Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Mombachstraße 10-12
Saturday 15
15–21h

ABOUT THE UNLOCK SHOWCASE

The Unlock Showcase is a travelling pop-up bookstore focused on graffiti and street art. Our books are sourced from the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from all over Europe. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

The Unlock Book Fair is the international publishing fair for graffiti and street art. It provides publishers, artists and aficionados with a unique space for meeting and exchange. It has thus become the annual meeting point for this thriving publishing scene, and the place to showcase the most cutting-edge projects in the field. The fair has taken place in Barcelona (2016), Berlin (2017) and Amsterdam (2018), and in 2019 it travels to Cologne.

In the past three years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has visited Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu, Besançon, Wien, Cáceres, Málaga, Madrid, Aberdeen and Lund. Next stop is Kassel, don’t miss it!

2019-06-15T07:56:59+02:002019 / 06 / 14|0 Comments

Save the dates! Unlock Book Fair 2019: Cologne, August 31 – September 1

Unlock Book Fair

>> Applications are open! info@unlockfair.com <<

The Unlock Book Fair is the annual meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene. Two days of publications, talks, launches, screenings and all-round fun!

The fair travels to Cologne after three instalments in Barcelona, Berlin and Amsterdam, and several offshoot events in cities across Europe. This year Unlock teams up with CityLeaks Urban Art Festival Cologne.

The fair and accompanying events will take place outdoors in the Ehrendfeld area, in the arches under the elevated railway. A most fitting setting! Entrance is free.

unlockfair.com
facebook.com/unlockfair
instagram.com/unlockfair

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Tag Conference 2019
September 2 & 3

On the two days immediately after the fair, and also in Cologne, the Unlock team welcomes you again to the Tag Conference, the academic (and non-academic) event about name writing in public space. Entrance is free.

thetagconference.com
facebook.com/thetagconference
instagram.com/thetagconference

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2019-05-08T22:30:14+02:002019 / 05 / 06|0 Comments

The Unlock Showcase travels to Lund, Sweden

The Unlock Showcase will pop up next week in Lund, Sweden, by invitation of the Lund Urban Creativity Conference 2019. Come to check and buy rare, underground publications sourced from the Unlock Book Fair.

Find us at the following venues and hours:

Pufendorfinstitutet
Biskopsgatan 3
Wednesday 12:15–13:30 and 17:45–19:00.
Thursday 12:15–13:45.
Friday 12:15–13:30 and 17:00–19:00.

Stenkrossen
Kastanjegatan 13
Saturday 13:00–17:00.

 

ABOUT THE UNLOCK SHOWCASE

The Unlock Showcase is a travelling pop-up bookstore focused on graffiti and street art. Our books are sourced from the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from all over Europe. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

The Unlock Book Fair is the international publishing fair for graffiti and street art. It provides publishers, artists and aficionados with a unique space for meeting and exchange. It has thus become the annual meeting point for this thriving publishing scene, and the place to showcase the most cutting-edge projects in the field. The fair has taken place in Barcelona (2016), Berlin (2017) and Amsterdam (2018), and in 2019 it travels to Cologne.

In the past three years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has visited Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu, Besançon, Wien, Cáceres, Málaga, Madrid and Aberdeen. Next stop is Lund, don’t miss it!

2019-05-09T01:09:08+02:002019 / 05 / 06|0 Comments

The Unlock Showcase visits Aberdeen

Unlock Showcase

Unlock Book Fair’s travelling bookstore, the Unlock Showcase, will visit Aberdeen (Scotland) in two weeks. Come to check and buy a selection of books from the fair. The Showcase travels to Aberdeen by invitation of Nuart Aberdeen Festival.

Belmont Filmhouse
49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen
Friday 19 and Saturday 20
11h – 17h

nuart aberdeen

Unlock Showcase

2019-04-05T15:50:03+02:002019 / 04 / 05|0 Comments