VIS OPEN CALL #8

For VIS issue 8, our proposed theme is “Of Rules and Alternatives”. Editors: Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba.

The call for VIS issue 8 is open until 11 February 2022.

Theme “Of Rules and Alternatives” – Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba, Editors of VIS Issue 8

Human existence is based on rules. Our striving in sciences aims at understanding the principles and rules of our existence in relationship to our surroundings. Additionally, one of our primary social and cultural activity is to set rules, to organize coexistence and exchange. However, any first step in establishing or following a rule bears as much the momentum of its very rejection, and that tension in between becomes one of the principal sources for the arts.

The tension oscillates between the rules and their immanent alternatives, producing a liminal space where cracks inevitably occur. While some of these cracks require limited or small fixes, in the longer run, others will grow into fundamental disruptions and inconsistencies, which eventually question and destabilize the very system of rules they emerged from, often resulting in radical change. Subsequently, new perspectives, new imaginations, or new practices take shape in alternatives that gradually fuel and subvert existing orders or reinstate new rules, as part of a perpetual cycle. This symbiotic relationship between rule and alternative is a red thread in social and cultural development. Rules are built on the ‘principle of similarity’, which allows comparison and evolvement - be they intrinsic or extrinsic. Alternatives emerge from frictions within consolidated set of rules.

In this issue of VIS, which is organized as a dialogic editorial endeavor, we seek expositions that situate themselves between a claim of breaking with the rules and the establishments of new orders, work which thereby amalgamate or reject the very concept of this dichotomy by operating in the liminal field (or limbo) in between. How does this ambiguity manifest in your work? Why does this liminal space materialise in your work, and what strategies – conceptual or concrete – do you use to navigate it? Do you plan for it, or is it something that emerged through the process? What boundaries is your work pushing or permeating, and vice versa?

We are interested in artistic practices that are exploring and/or questioning the artistic possibilities that lie within (and beyond) the liminal space between rules and alternatives, be they aesthetic, cultural, scientific, social, or political, to unravel and propose ideas and insights that will meet the needs, desires, or challenges of our times.

How to submit an exposition

Find all details about submitting here: VIS submission and editorial process (external link).

To apply for the open call: create, design and submit an exposition (in draft) using the Research Catalogue (RC). You need to register a full account in RC. On the RC, click ”create exposition” and use the help offered in RC-guides, tutorials and RC-support. Submit your exposition to the VIS Portal Page in RC (in the menu, choose “Submit for publication” and then choose the portal “VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research”, confirm by “Submit”).

You should consider your “exposition-draft” as only a proposal. You can leave notes within the draft that explain further developments and ideas. If your proposal is chosen by the Editorial Committee, you will be invited to further develop it into a complete exposition. The submitted full exposition will be peer-reviewed. You will have about 4-5 months for further development, editing and peer-reviewing before publication in VIS Journal.

The Editorial Committee selects seven contributions to each issue of VIS.

Contact us for more info:
visjournal@uniarts.se

Checklist for submissions

  1. The exposition-draft must include the author’s full name, a title and an abstract. Where the exposition uses a language other than English, an English translation of the abstract is required.
  2. The exposition-draft should outline the artistic research, how the artistic research will be exposed and how the exposition will make use of Research Catalogue as a publishing platform. It is recommended that the exposition-draft is developed beyond a text-only abstract to give examples of how and what media will be incorporated.
  3. Submissions may be made in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and English.
  4. Your exposition should not have been published previously. If only certain parts of the exposition have been published, this is acceptable. Please describe in the submission how and when partial previous publication has taken place.
  5. Copyright issues: be sure that you have taken care of any ownership/rights issues pertaining to any material that you add to your exposition.

We also strongly recommend you to consider the following:

  • Use Chicago style for references.
  • Be sure that the links are working; external links should be opened in a new window
  • Typography – use only common fonts that works in different browsers. (We suggest Arial, Helvetica, Times, Courier, Verdana, Georgia)
  • Test the exposition in different browsers
  • Hide scrolling bars (if possible)
  • Don’t insert images within text-boxes (to avoid overlapping in different browsers and version)

The Editorial Committee of VIS considers the following when selecting expositions

  • How well the exposition proposal relates to the theme of the issue of VIS
  • The general quality and relevance of the artistic research
  • Whether the exposition takes place within artistic practices and contributes to further research
  • Whether the exposition contributes to insight, knowledge and awareness of methods, ethics and context in artistic processes
  • Whether the exposition proposal is conceived for the benefit both of those within the field and those beyond the sphere of artistic research.

How to use Research Catalogue

The RC functions as a platform for the dissemination of self-published content as well as peer-reviewed publications. The RC hosts a number of journals and institutional publications that are peer-reviewed.

To be able to participate in VIS, you need to register an account in Research Catalogue (RC). Peer-Reviewers register a "basic account" to be able to participate in the review-process. Authors need to register a "full account" to be able to create expositions. RC is free of charge.

Learn how to create expositions with the RC-guides. Some institutions that are portal partners in RC gives lessons in how to use the publishing tool. Portal partners in RC can be found here. When you have a registered account in RC you are able to share your exposition with different contributors.

Register in RC

RC-guide (short)

RC-guide (extended)

Peer-Review-process

VIS holds an open call for every issue. 7 expositions will be selected by the Editorial Committee. As described above, all expositions are created in the database Research Catalogue.

If your submission is selected for consideration by the Editorial Committee, an external peer-reviewer will be chosen to evaluate it. The peer-review will take approx. 2 months; the review process will be partly dialogue-based so that it may be collaborative and developmental as well as evaluative. After peer-reviewing, you will have the opportunity to carry out further work on the exposition and you will get in copy-edited before submitting it for publication.

Are you a potential peer-reviewer?

VIS is interested in exploring new ideas for the process of peer-review in artistic research. Models that combine rigorous scrutiny of work with a collaborative and developmental process are of particular interest to the Committee.

As a peer reviewer for VIS, you will be an expert in your own field and have a solid knowledge of what artistic research means. It is a great advantage if you are experienced with the exposition format in the database Research Catalogue or have peer-reviewed expositions and articles in experimental and unconventional formats.

Do you fit this profile and does the process of collaborative and developmental review appeal to you? If so, please send your expression of interest, accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae, to: visjournal@uniarts.se