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The Tag Conference 2018 call for papers results


Centuries of shepherds’ tags high in the Dolomite mountains. From the research of Marta Bazzanella and Giovanni Kezich.

The call for papers for the Tag Conference 2018 has received applications from twelve different countries in North and South America, Europe and Australia. A total of seventeen papers have been selected.

The lineup of confirmed guest speakers includes Carlo McCormick (US), Daniel Berio and Frederic Fol Leymarie (IT/UK), Kat Dogtok (DE), Tobias Barenthin (SE) and Graffitiarchiv (DE).

Research approaches include calligraphy, art history, archaeology, sociology, anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy, law, gender studies, semiotics, popular culture studies, computer science, archival studies and graffiti studies.

The complete lineup of speakers will be announced soon.

2018 / 11 / 07|

Unlock: Visual Dissidence – recap

Unlock Visual Dissidence 2018

Last month Unlock traveled to the town of Herne, in the Ruhr region of Germany, to work together with the Museum für Visuelle Dissidenz in an event that combined a small book fair and an exhibition. You can check the list of publishers, artists and events here.

Unlock: Visual Dissidence was a great experience. The book fair weekend was well attended, including the book launches and the lively roundtables. We are grateful to the local association Pottporus, who gave us access to a very special venue, the former waiting room of the Deutsche Bahn – right in the working train station of the city. An exceptionally fitting space for the kind of content we work with at Unlock and the Museum für Visuelle Dissidenz.

Unlock Visual Dissidence 2018

2018 / 10 / 15|

Save the dates! Unlock Book Fair 2018, Amsterdam 8-9 December

Unlock Book Fair 2018


After two instalments in Barcelona and Berlin, and several offshoot events in different European cities, the 2018 Unlock Book Fair travels to Amsterdam. Expect a new meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene in two days of amazing publications, talks, launches, screenings and all-round fun! Entrance is free.

Year’s topic:
This time the fair’s topic is “punk and graffiti”. We are working on a new reader book to be launched at the fair featuring rare documentation about punk-related graffiti. The events program will also explore this theme, and our Unlock Showcase stall will display and sell a selection of obscure publications on the topic.

A great venue, again!
The fair and accompanying events will take place at the ample and light-filled Aula space of Broedplaats LELY, close to Lelylaan station (with railway, metro, tram and bus links).

And a new Tag Conference too!
On the two days immediately preceding the fair, and also in Amsterdam, the Unlock team welcomes you again to the Tag Conference, the academic (and non-academic) event about name writing in public space. Last year’s conference in Berlin delivered plenty of fascinating insights into this largely underexplored field. Book your tickets to Amsterdam for the Wednesday before Unlock, you don’t want to miss this! Entrance is free.

Broedplaats LELY aula

The venue for the 2018 Unlock Book Fair: the aula space at Broedplaats LELY, Amsterdam-West.

2018 / 07 / 05|

The Unlock Showcase visits Vienna

Unlock Showcase

Next stop for our graffiti and street art travelling pop-up bookstore is Calle Libre festival in Vienna. The store will be open at the three main events of the festival, on August 4, 9 and 11.

Come to check and buy a selection of publications sourced at 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!

In the past two years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has traveled to Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu and Besançon.

– Saturday 4th, 10-17h: Barocke Suiten, Museumsquartier.
– Thursday 9th, 16-22h: Westlicht, Westbahnstraße 40.
– Saturday 11th, 18-22h: Calle Libre closing party, Museumsquartier.

Facebook event here.

2018 / 07 / 01|

Unlock: Visual Dissidence, book fair & exhibition in Herne, Germany

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New Unlock event coming up in the city of Herne, in Germany. We teamed up with Robert Kaltenhäuser’s curatorial project, the Museum für Visuelle Dissidenz, to produce this event that combines a small book fair and an exhibition.

We have invited a few, progressive European publishers, and each of them has selected one artist to take part in the exhibition. The book fair and exhibition opening will take place on the weekend of September 8 & 9 – including a series of launches and roundtables, and the exhibition will stay on view until the end of the month.

Full info here.

2018 / 06 / 20|