VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research is a digital journal about Artistic Research in the Nordic region. The journal is the result of a cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts, SKH and Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, Diku. The purpose of the journal is to serve as a basic source of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn and immerse themselves in artistic research in the Nordic region. VIS website was released 9 April 2018 together with the first Issue – 0.

About Vis

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 (DIKU) 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 ( The journal will be published twice a year and every issue will feature 5–10 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.

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VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research

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


Johan Scott
Stockholm University of the Arts

Collaboration between Uniarts and NARP

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

An Editorial Committee, consisting of seven members, is responsible for content, peer review process and call.


The main language for the journal is Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. English speaking researchers 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.

Darla M Crispin
Director of Arne Nordheim Center, NMH

Professor Darla Crispin is Vice Rector for Research and Artistic Development and Director of the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART) at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), Oslo. A Canadian pianist and scholar with a Concert Recital Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a PhD from King’s College, London, Darla specialises in musical modernity, especially the works of the Second Viennese School.

Anna Lindal

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

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 (soon in English)

Research Catalogue (RC) är en internationell och flermedial databas för konstnärlig forskning som har runt 9000 användare. RC drivs av Society for Artistic Research (SAR) och finansieras till stor del av sina portalpartners. Portalpartners består av bland annat organisationer, institutioner och tidskrifter inom de konstnärliga fälten. Stockholms konstnärliga högskola, Norske program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid och VIS är alla tre portalpartners till RC.

Alla expositioner som presenteras i VIS skapas av forskarna själva med hjälp av RC:s publiceringsverktyg. Expositionernas utformning har därför stor variation och styrs inte av färdiga mallar eller specifika formgivningskrav. Vem som helst kan publicera en exposition i RC och innehållet bedöms och kontrolleras inte annat än inom ramarna för användarvillkoren. Däremot – de expositioner som presenteras på har noga valts ut av redaktionskommittén och genomgått en peer-review-process innan de godkänns för publicering.

Besök VIS portalpartnersida i RC: VIS Journal

Läs mer om RC här: här

Övriga tidskrifter kopplade till RC: Ruukku, JAR och Sonic Studies.