1990s. A complete archive of two interrelated publications housed in five volumes, chronicling the resistance and adaptations of Berlin's radical leftist literary, intellectual and visual arts communities between the early 1990s and the present day, comprised of 52 issues (ca. 30-65 pp.) of Sklaven and 12 issues (ca. 40-48 pp.) of Sklaven Aufstand (published contiguously with the original series by an editorial splinter group). Originally founded by East German poet-anarchists Stefan Döring and Bert Papenfuß, Sklaven featured excerpts of writings by Franz Jung, reports on the Prenzlauer Berg art scene's infamous experiments in self-issued currency, poetry, sheet music, calls to political action, theoretical essays extolling anarchism and other alternatives to both GDR-styled Marxism and the encroaching capitalism of 1990s post-Wall Berlin, heavily illustrated throughout with cartoons, collages, photographs and comics, as well as artwork by known figures including A.R. Penck. While Sklaven Aufstand represented the viewpoint of the original network's radical anarchists, the editorial schism was short lived. By October 1999, Sklaven and Sklaven Aufstand both ceased publication to make way for Gegner, which united the factions and to this day serves as a publication of record for Berlin's marxist-anarchist communities. The set includes some inserts and associated ephemera noted by the Datenbank des deutschsprachigen Anarchismus (DadA), including three issues of Müßiggangster: Kontemplationsblatt der Glücklichen Arbeitslsosen, two of which were included with Sklaven Aufstand nos. 47/48 and 52; Sklaven Markt: Utopie und Verlust; an annotated indice, Sklaven Gesamtregister; an issue of Phantom: Magazin für Hundeleben und Katerstimmung... (15 April - May 2001); a stapled booklet Vorsicht - Kunstblätter! Nicht knicken!; and other flyers, invitation cards, and associated ephemera. 4to. Linen boards, original wrpps. bound in. Berlin (BasisDruck) 1994-1999.
Extremely scarce in institutional libraries; as of May 2019, WorldCat locates only five runs of Sklaven in North America. Named for Weimar bohemian bon-vivant Franz Jung's proposed-but-unpublished 1927 periodical of the same name, Sklaven and its continuers documented the movements and compromises of poets, artists and leftist-anarchist intellectuals in post-Wall East Berlin's underground communities as the city rapidly gentrified in the mid-1990s. Hovering between activism and satire, the magazine's unstable editorial direction mirrored the frustration of its readers, as increasing economic pressures forced them to abandon their utopian experiments. "Loë Bsaffot," for whom the magazine's subtitle initially claimed to speak, is Rotwelsch (an archaic German thieves' argot) for "false currency." Cited in Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze (Forrester, 2004).
Book ID: P6841