Unlock at Bien Urbain 2018


Besançon, France
June 23–24

Publishers | Programme

Opening evening Friday 21

A fair for graffiti and art books

The Unlock Book Fair welcomes an invitation-only list of international graffiti publishers and local art-publishing projects in a three-day event hosted by Bien Urbain and Éditions Gasoline.

Come join us at this meeting of publishers, artists and readers featuring books, workshops, talks and festive evenings!

A world-leading street art festival

Bien Urbain is one of the most forward-thinking festivals in the international scene. This year’s guest curator is none other than Brad Downey. Fun and insights guaranteed!

Bien Urbain has taken place yearly since 2011 in the city of Besançon, France. The festival is produced by the organisation and publishing house Juste Ici.

As old friends and fans of Bien Urbain, the Unlock team is excited to bring the fair to Besançon. Check the festival’s program for a full month of events, as well as a very interesting artist line-up.


➔ L’Arsenal, 7
➔ Place Saint-Jacques
Free entrance

Both the book fair and the stage will be installed at the courtyard of l’Arsenal. In case of rain it will be moved into the first floor of the building.

Opening times

➔ Opening evening
➔ Friday 22, 19h

➔ Book fair and public programme
➔ Saturday 23, 11–7pm
➔ Sunday 24, 10–7pm


Local fair manager: Juste Ici

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Æncrages & Co
Publisher, FR

Affiche Moilkan
Publisher, FR

Atelier TroisKart
Publisher, FR

Aurélien Benoist
Publisher, FR

Caroline Karst: Evelise Millet & Nicolas Roussel
Publisher, FR

Céline Gay et Marie Biaudet
Authors, FR

Éditions Carton Pâte
Publisher, FR

Éditions Gasoline
Publisher, FR

Éditions Paths
Publisher, FR

Éditions Peinture
Publisher, FR

Éditions Terrain Vague
Publisher, FR

Art center, FR

Igor Ponosov
Author, RU

Mary & Jiem
Publisher, FR

Juste Ici
Publisher, FR

La fraicheur des cafards
Publisher, FR

La nef des fous
Publisher, FR

Les anciens de l’ISBA
Authors, FR

Author, FR

Magazine, FR

Polytechnic University of Valencia
Publisher, ES

Publisher, FR

Unlock Showcase
Travelling bookstore

Publisher, ES

Publisher, FR

Zoo Project Tribute
Publisher, FR

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Friday June 22
Opening evening

➔ 7pm — Book launch

‘Zoo Project Tribute’
With editors Lilas Carpentier and Antoine Page

This series of books produced in tribute to the late French street artist Zoo Project are the result of a joint effort by family, friends and collaborators and have been crowd-funded — free entrance

➔ 8:30pm — Live concert

Le Survol du Bourdon

Let this group of ten non-professional musicians take you to a dreamlike world where everyone works towards a common musical utopia — tip based

➔ 9:30pm — DJ set

SLS crew — free entrance

Saturday June 23

➔ 1:30pm — Presentation

Schoolchildren workshops by Superseñor — free entrance

➔ 2–5pm — Workshop

‘Introduction to artisanal printing and publishing’
With Superseñor

It’s your turn to produce a publication! The festival’s team invites you to an artisanal printing and bookbinding workshop for all ages — tip based

➔ 3pm — Zine presentation

With author Loiq (FR)

‘Graffitips’ is a fun and knowledgeable collection of comic panels explaining useful tips for making graffiti. Methods and techniques constitute a huge part of what graffiti is about, and ‘Graffitips’ is an innovative approach to the preservation of this valuable lore. A fascinating presentation, don’t miss it! — free entrance

➔ 3:30pm — Presentation

Editions Peinture — free entrance

➔ 5pm — Book launch

‘Tramp Directories, Noms-de-Road and Unwritten Codes’
With co-editor Javier Abarca (ES)

This unprecedented book brings to light the most unknown and fascinating graffiti culture to have existed: the North American hobo graffiti from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It features excerpts from Jack London in which he recounts his experiences as a hobo and graffitist — free entrance

➔ 5:30pm — Book launch

‘Russian Urban Art, History and Conflicts’
With author Igor Posonov (RU)

This critical book by respected artist and curator Igor Posonov examines the history of urban art in Russia, from its roots in the avant-garde of the early 20th Century to the non-conformists and actionists of the 21th Century — free entrance

➔ 6pm — Book launch

‘Campus Espontani UPV’
With authors Brad Downey (US) and Javier Abarca (ES)

This book is a recount of North American artist Brad Downey’s 2016 residence at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. A series of site-specific interventions around the campus with the humorous and intriguing hallmarks of this world-leading artist, guest curator for this year’s Bien Urbain — free entrance

➔ 6:30pm — DJ set

SLS crew — free entrance

Sunday June 24

➔ 2–5pm — Workshop

‘Introduction to artisanal printing and publishing’
With Superseñor

It’s your turn to produce a publication! The festival’s team invites you to an artisanal printing and bookbinding workshop for all ages — tip based

➔ 2:30pm — Presentation

Éditions Carton-Pâte — free entrance

➔ 3:30pm — Book launch

‘My Fucking Better Half ’
With authors Mary & Jiem and publishe Éditions Paths — free entrance

➔ 4pm — Presentation

Book-object ‘Dites Non Au Tag’ (joint publication)
With publisher Terrain Vague — free entrance

➔ 4:30pm — DJ set

Ursène Lapin – free entrance

➔ 5:30pm — Presentation

Juste Ici
With publisher David Demougeot

Since 2011, Bien Urbain festival allows its invited artists to produce publications at the Superseñor printing workshop under the imprint Juste Ici. Closer to fanzines than to exhibition catalogues, these publications are a way to present art in public space as a process and not so much as the resulting image — free entrance

➔ 18h — Panel discussion

With Brad Downey and friends

North American artist Brad Downey is known for producing many interesting books. He will talk about his most recent book projects. Come meet Brad and some of his colleagues for insights about his influential work — free entrance

➔ 18:30h — DJ set

Ursène Lapin — free entrance

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