The basic form of the Foundation’s activity according to it’s charter is the publication of the scholarly journal “View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture,” founded in 2013 on the basis of establishing close cooperation between several groups of young researchers and as a result of a research project:
The World as an Archive—Critical Models of Historicity: Literature, Art, Theory
The project, financed by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities—project no. 21 H 11 011 80 (module 2.1, 2012-2014)—set itself the task of a critical and theoretical reflection on the concept of the archive, including the issues of memory, history, representation, and utopia at the crossroads of various methodologies: the starting point here were the literary and cultural sciences, introduced into a creative dialogue with these disciplines and spaces for reflection, where archive studies have been clearly present in recent years and have started to develop dynamically. The project initiated a cooperation between researchers and artists representing various fields and specializations within the humanities, and dealing with archival issues in the broadest sense of the term. In the context of critical reflection on the past, “archive” is not only one of the most important concepts for theory and practice (artistic and research), but also the key to the metareflection of various disciplines, to rethink the critical history of literature, art, or historical reflection in general within a scientific institution.
The first editorial team consisted of Katarzyna Bojarska, Iwona Kurz, Paweł Mościcki, Krzysztof Pijarski, Magda Szcześniak, Tomasz Szerszeń and Łukasz Zaremba. Graphic design was developed by Tomasz Glowacki (then part of poważnestudio), Sylwester Ślósarski was responsible for programming.
The journal is affiliated with two academic institutions:
Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw
Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences