The city as playground
The Unlock Book Fair is the first book fair focused on the thriving field of graffiti and street art publishing. After the first edition in Barcelona last year in 2017 the fair moves to Berlin, the epicenter of graffiti and street art cultures, and into the beautiful spaces of the ExRotaprint center.
Unlock is expecting the participation of publishers from many different countries, and will provide a meeting space for the independent publishing scene. Entrance to the fair and accompanying events is free.
Unlock Book Fair Berlin 2017 presents a full program of book launches of some of the most interesting projects in the field, together with lectures by renowned artists and experts.
2 Unlock Video: on tags
A new facet to this edition will be the launching of the evening screening series of Unlock Video, featuring short videos and feature-length documentaries. The series will revolve around the topic “on tags”, and is produced in partnership with the Tag Conference (see below). It will include several video-contributions to the conference as well as a short series of live performances.
3Focus on North American railroad cultures
Unlock Book Fair Berlin 2017 will have a focus on North American railroad cultures: moniker graffiti, hobo culture, train hopping and freight train graffiti. Expect some highly interesting surprises related to these topics, both in video and publishing.
A central feature of this year’s fair will be the Unlock Showcase, a bookstore offering limited and rare material from independent publishers. Unlock will be digging into the North American independent publishing circuit in order to bring to the fair a selection of publications on North American railroad cultures.
Unlock Book Fair Berlin 2017 is organized in close partnership with the Tag Conference, the first academic conference about name writing, or tagging taking place at Freie Universität on September 14th and 15th and will feature contributions from several highly respected scholars, authors and artists. Entrance is free.