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.
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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.
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.
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.
THE BOOKSTORE WILL POP-UP HERE:
– Saturday 4th, 10-17h: Barocke Suiten, Museumsquartier.
– Thursday 9th, 16-22h: Westlicht, Westbahnstraße 40.
– Saturday 11th, 18-22h: Calle Libre closing party, Museumsquartier.
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.
Unlock Book Fair’s travelling bookstore, the Unlock Showcase, will open up in Tartu (Estonia) this week by invitation of the Stencibility festival. We are happy to take part in one of the most grassroots and authentic street art festivals out there!
You can find our stall by the main activities of the festival, with a selection of the underground and independent titles gathered yearly at the Unlock Book Fair. Check the festival’s full program here.