Stichting Egress Foundation?
The Stichting Egress Foundation is an independent multi-faceted cultural foundation created at the beginning of the twenty-first century to encourage critical research and dialogue in 3 main areas: contemporary art theory and practice; historic textile research; and in the near future time and causality studies.
Our primary purpose is to serve as a means of communication to contribute to the development of innovative critical theory and research in these areas by
(1) Providing an ongoing public forum for the exchange and dissemination of free, open-access information concerning these subjects, including links to/from other people and groups involved in these areas, as well as by
(2) Providing initial funding and other support to selected projects in these areas, especially to "unprofitable" critical research projects centered on archives, documentation, bibliographic research and online open-access database issues.
● The Center for Social Research on Old Textiles [CSROT] historic textile, tapa, and headdress collection. This is a wide-ranging, diverse international collection including woven and printed textiles, embroideries, and bark cloth (tapa) from Europe, Asia, Oceania & Africa from late antiquity (Coptic Egypt) through the 20th century, especially rich in 15th to 18th century European silks and velvets, with a collection of headdresses and caps from Africa, Asia and Oceania (currently a total of 668 works).
● The Egress Time & Causality Library and Database. This is a nascent small but growing specialized research library and database centered on the theory of time and causality in the context of physics, which will appear in the near future.
These projects will include:
● Contemporary Art. This section consists of 4 projects:
- Art Theory: A embryonic research project centered on the social-economic issues underlying the production, distribution and consumption of contemporary art and culture, The Egress Forum For Critical Art Studies. Our first project is the How Is Art History Made? project (see below).
- How Is Art History Made?: A critical research project organized by the Stichting Egress Foundation, Amsterdam in association with the Kunsthalle Basel which was launched in Basel during the Basel Art Fair and Liste Art Fair in June 2011. For more information click here.
- Art Law: A center for the study of the growing legal issues related to contemporary art and intellectual production in general, The Art Law Resource Center, produced by Daniel McClean;
- Conceptual Art: A complete documentation on the Seth Siegelaub Collection of "conceptual art"; his archives, and activities during 1964 - 1971.
● Time & Causality: The Time & Causality Project for the moment is a nascent small growing library and database, whose purpose is eventually to serve as a focus for a scientific discussion to advance our knowledge of these elusive subjects. Eventually all this material will be gifted away if and when we find the right conditions.
As you can see as of this moment only some of the projects are online, but it is expected that most of the site and its projects will be up and running by the end of 2013.
For more information, related material and links, see the relevant section on our Links page