VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research is a digital journal presenting artistic research, with a special emphasis on the Nordic region. It highlights the importance for Nordic artist-researchers of reflection as a mental discipline that, when interwoven with artistic practice, generates new knowledge. The journal is the result of a cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme of the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku).

About Vis

VIS aims to be a primary source of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn about, and immerse themselves in, the artistic research emanating from the Nordic region, as well as being a platform for international research that places a similar emphasis upon reflection. It is an open-access publication and uses the SAR Research Catalogue publishing platform for its submission and peer-reviewing processes, as well as for its final publications. The VIS website was released on 9 April 2018, together with the first Issue – Issue 0.

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 between neighbouring countries, we utilise 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 (SKH) and The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (Diku) are happy to have been able to join forces in creating and supporting a digital journal for artistic research. The journal is published twice a year and every issue features 5–7 peer-reviewed expositions. With this journal, we intend to contribute to insight, knowledge and awareness of the methods, contexts and ethical issues relevant to artistic processes. The hope is that having such a unified and widely-recognised regional resource will further strengthen Nordic cooperation in artistic research.

The name VIS has the same multiple connotations in the Swedish and Norwegian languages. It can mean both “show” and “wise”, but it also refers to the word “process” or “method”. Additionally, “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 – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research therefore aims to render visible issues pertaining to artistic research and to do so with both strength and wisdom.

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Contact

VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
visjournal.nu
E-mail: visjournal@uniarts.se

Heidi Paatere Möller, Editorial Project Manager
Stockholms konstnärliga högskola
Box 24045
104 50 Stockholm

Publisher

Cecilia Roos
Vice-Rector of Research
Stockholm University of the Arts

Collaboration between SKH and Diku

VIS is chaired by a Steering Committee consisting of three members from Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH), and three members from The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (Diku).

An Editorial Committee, consisting of seven members, is responsible for content, for the peer-review process and for issuing calls for each new issue. The Committee has adopted an approach to peer-reviewing in which, rather than the process being blind, a dialogue is established between author(s) and reviewer.

VIS holds an open call for every issue. Up to seven expositions are selected by the Editorial Committee for entry into the collaborative peer-review process.

Language

The main languages for the journal are Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. English-speaking researchers, including those with this as a second language, are welcome to submit in English.

Steering Committee

Paula Crabtree
Vice-Chancellor, Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH

Paula Crabtree is an artist and anthropologist. She was Rector at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) in Norway (2010–2014). Since 2012 has been Vice President of ELIA- European League of Institutes of the Arts. She has served on several advisory boards focusing on Arts based / artistic research such as PEEK in Austria and the Swiss University Programme for collaborative doctorates. Crabtree is also a member of the Strategic Orientation Council at PSL Paris Research University.

Ann Kroon
Director of the Research Office, Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH

Ann Kroon is Director of the Research Office at SKH, which is responsible for support to research and doctoral education. She holds a PhD in sociology from Uppsala University (2007) and has broad experience from teaching, research and administration, with several international elements. Ann is also further educated in photography and artistic research at Valand Academy and Konstfack.

Geir Ivar Strøm
Policy director, Norwegian Artistic Research program, DIKU

Geir Strøm is Director of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. He is graduated from NHH Norwegian School of Economics and has a long experience as administrator of higher education and research from different positions and institutions in Norway. He has been active in Norwegian and Nordic university administration networks and is elected member of the board of the Society for artistic research (SAR)

Michael Duch
Appointed by the Norwegian Artistic Research program, DIKU

Michael Francis Duch (1978) is a Professor of double bass at the Department of Music, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, where he currently holds the position as Deputy Head of Research. Michael Duch is an alumni member of the Young Academy of Norway. He completed his project Free Improvisation – Method and Genre: Artistic Research in Free Improvisation and Improvisation in Experimental Music through the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at NTNU, late October 2010. He has been involved in more than 70 recordings, and past collaborations include John Tilbury, Pauline Oliveros, Mats Gustafsson, George Lewis, AMM, Christian Wolff, Tony Conrad, Joëlle Léandre, amongst others.

Johan Scott
Professor, Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH

Johan Scott is an artist and former professor of fine arts at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 1997–2007. During the period 2002–2007 he was prorector at the Royal Institute of Art. Between 2011 and 2014 he was prefect of the Department of Performing Arts at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Scott is active as an artist, and he regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. He was a member of the board of directors and an employee at Mejan Labs from 2004 to 2007, and since 2002 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Inger Stray Lien
Chairman, Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, DIKU

Lien is a civil architect from The Norwegian Institute of Technology (nowadays NTNU). She was the director of the Oslo School of Architecture in 1990–1995 and Assistant University Director at UiO: University of Oslo in 1995–2005.

Editorial Committee

Serge von Arx
Artistic Director Scenography Ostfold University College

Professor Serge von Arx is Artistic Director of the Scenography Department at the Norwegian Theatre Academy / Østfold University College. An architect from ETH Zurich practicing, researching and educating in an expanded field of performative architecture. Board Member of the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, and curator for Prague Quadrennial's architecture section in 2015 and 2019. Serge von Arx created scenographic works for theatre, opera, exhibition and architecture projects with various international artists, including over 50 productions with Robert Wilson.

Magnus Bärtås
Vice Rector of Research, University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Magnus Bärtås is an artist, filmmaker and writer and, since 2018, head of research and deputy vice chancellor at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. In 2010 he presented his dissertation in artistic research at the University of Gothenburg (You Told Me – Work stories and Video Essays). Together with Fredrik Ekman he has published essays at Bonnier’s Publishing House, and his works are being shown at galleries, museums and film festivals in Sweden and abroad.

Anna Lindal
Violinist

Anna Lindal is a violinist and Professor of Music, primarily active in experimental contemporary music, researcher and professor in Music with a long and substantial international experience within vast parts of the musical and cultural field. She has among other things worked as Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Gothenburg University and was President for the Society for Artistic Research and Concertmaster in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm.

Trond Lossius
Professor and PhD leader at The Norwegian Film School, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and Professor II at The Grieg Academy, Department of Music, University of Bergen

Trond Lossius investigates relationships between sound and place through field recordings, audio-visual installations and multidisciplinary projects, often in collaboration with other artists. He develops software for spatial sound and processing media for use in his own projects, and he has published research results at international conferences and in journals relating to sound and music computing.

Eliot Mmantidi Moleba
Research fellow at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, KHiO

Eliot Moleba is a theatremaker, director, and researcher, who occasionally performs random acts of journalism. He was a resident dramaturg at The South African State Theatre (2015–2018) before moving to Norway to pursue his PhD at KHiO. He is mainly interested in narrative research, especially looking at how we use narratives to not only speak ourselves into existence but also situate ourselves in a given place and time.

Gunhild Mathea Husvik-Olaussen
Artist

Olaussen’s artistic output over the past decade has comprised both solo works and collaborations in various constellations of artists. Her works – which straddle dramatic art, visual art, music and sound art – have been exhibited in galleries, site-specific locations, public spaces and theatre, dance and music venues in Norway, Europe, Asia and the USA. Husvik-Olaussen defended her doctoral degree in scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy in 2021 and has since been active as an external specialist at the Norwegian Film School, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. She is currently engaged as Director of Programmes at Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts

Cecilia Roos
Vice Rector of Research, Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH

Cecilia Roos is a dancer, researcher and Professor in Dance interpretation with great national and international experience. Roos was appointed Professor 2008 and served as Head of the Dance Department at the University of Dance and Circus 2010-2016. On January 1, 2017 she took office as Vice Rector of research at SKH.

Research Catalogue

The Research Catalogue (RC) is an international, mixed media database for artistic research with around 9000 users. RC is run by the Society for Artistic Research (SAR) and is largely financed by its portal partners. Portal partners are for example organisations, institutions and journals in the artistic field. Stockholms konstnärliga högskola, Norske program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid and VIS are all portal partners of RC.

All expositions presented in VIS have been created by the artists themselves with the help of RCs publishing tools. The expositions therefore vary in terms of design and are not expected to conform to set templates or specific visual format requirements. Anyone can publish an exposition on RC, and the contents are not judged or controlled in any other way than those which are outlined in the terms of use. On the other hand, the expositions that get presented in VIS have been carefully selected by the Editorial Committee and passed through a peer review process before being approved for publication.

Visit the VIS Portal on RC here

Read more about RC

Other journals affiliated with RC: RuukkuJournal for Artistic Research (JAR) and Sonic Studies.