34 years ago the publisher and poet Maximilian Barck and a group of artist friends founded “HERZATTACKE” in East Berlin. Its aim was to publish poetry, prose, literary essays and original art work that challenged the censorship of the day. From the outset the group’s joint endeavours were a statement against the excessive influence of an indoctrinating state and a subversive insistence on independence. As with other unofficial publications in the former GDR, the group found ways to make copies of their magazines using machines off-limits to most GDR citizens. The artists produced their own individual works and each new magazine was assembled in the apartments of bold society members prepared to support the venture by allowing their private living quarters to be used.