Background and vision

As the artistic research community has grown internationally, so has cooperation in this field between many Nordic art education institutions. We share supervisors and expert committee members in what are often small and specialized fields of art; our teaching staff participate in exchanges and move to neighbouring countries, we utilize each other’s expertise in university and faculty boards and our students and staff participate in each other’s forum meetings and research events.

Stockholm University of the Arts (Uniarts) and The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP) have been working on the idea of establishing a journal to promote dissemination of artistic research. Now, we are happy to be able to join forces in providing a basis for a digital journal for artistic research (visjournal.nu). The journal will be published twice a year and every issue will feature 5–9 peer-reviewed expositions. The purpose of the journal is to serve as a source of knowledge for those who wish to learn and immerse themselves in artistic research in the Nordic region. The hope is that having such a unified and recognised regional resource will strengthen Nordic cooperation in artistic research. With this journal, we intend to contribute to insight, knowledge and awareness of the methods, contexts and ethical issues relevant to artistic processes.

The name VIS has the same meaning in the Swedish and Norwegian languages. It means both “show” and “wise”, but it also refers to the word “process” and “method”. Vis is Latin for power or force. The Latin root words vis and vid both mean “see”. They appear in a number of commonly used words including visible and evidence. VIS – the Nordic Journal for Artistic Research therefore aims to render visible issues pertaining to artistic research and to do so with both strength and wisdom.

Steering Committee: Paula Crabtree, Hans Knut Sveen, Geir Ivar Strøm, Jenny Tyllström, Johan Scott och Cecilie Brosch Knutsen

VIS Issue 0

Issue 0 features eight expositions created by researchers within the arts. Every contributor has been carefully chosen and invited by the Editorial Committee, with the view of presenting best practice within the field of artistic research.

The expositions have gone through a dialogue-based peer-review which is something that the Editorial Committee would like to continue to develop in the coming issues, a process intended to be significant for VIS.

Every exposition is presented on the VIS webpage and has an editorial text that explains why the contributor was chosen. The actual exposition itself, on the other hand, will be found in the database of the Research Catalogue. The expositions have their own designs and explore widely different topics, depending upon how each researcher has chosen to work within the offered format.

The Editorial Committee would like to thank all the contributors for their inspiring work which sets the tone admirably for what we hope will follow.

Editorial Committee: Cecilia Roos, Serge von Arx, Anna Lindal, Mia Engberg, Trond Lossius, Magnus Bärtås och Darla Crispin