Call 2: Estrangement

Call for VIS Issue 2 is closed. The theme is "Estrangement".

Call for proposals: Vis 02 (Call closed)

VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research – opens its Call for proposals for Issue 2. The theme is "Estrangement". The call is open between 1 September and 1 November.

Title Issue 2: Estrangement

Svetlana Boym writes, in Architecture of the Off-Modern(1):

By making things strange, the artist does not simply displace them from an everyday context into an artistic framework; he also helps to “return sensation” to life itself, to reinvent the world, to experience it anew. Estrangement is what makes art artistic; but, by the same token, it makes life lively, or worth living.

This is a different notion of estrangement than the use of the term established by Bertolt Brecht in theater – as a method of enhancing criticality and an awareness of the levels of fiction – as well as from the Marxist use of the term; an alienation of social relations due to wage labour and reification. Boym’s description seems to involve documentarism, collecting and archival activities – practices where things are isolated or combined in an unexpected way; they suggest a resisting of the erosion of memories and a perhaps vain attempt to postpone the slow and gradual disappearance of things.

In artistic research, there is an additional “double” or “second” estrangement that is crucial: after “making things strange” we, as artists and researchers, engage in another process of self-alienation (and self-understanding) in order to look at our own methods “from the outside”. This estrangement from the working process is vital as part of the attempt to find a language that is able to articulate experiences from artistic practice, and even to evolve theories about that practice.

VIS invites those wishing to submit artistic research material that manifests a reflection upon estrangement – be it from the perspective of Brecht, Marxism, Boym, “second strangement” or any other viewpoint.

Art works and expositions should have a clear relation to the theme and be conceived for the benefit both of those within the field and those beyond the sphere of artistic research.

Expositions in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English are all welcome.

(1) Buell Center/FORUM Project & Princeton Architectural Press 2008, p. 18–19.

Submit — for researchers

To apply for the open call: submit a written application containing a short description of your exposition (1–2 A4 pages), your CV and 1-3 examples of previous artistic research. High resolution images, movies and audio files can be sent through or Dropbox. Please note that your exposition should not have been published previously. If certain parts of the exposition have been published, please describe how and when in the application.

Language: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English.

The Editorial Committee selects five–eight contributions to each issue. Selected contributors will have to register an account in Research Catalogue and create an exposition using the RC's own publishing tool ("Create Exposition"). Read more under "Registration in Research Catalogue". The exposition will then be submitted for publication to VIS Portal Page in RC (through "Submit for publication") and assigned a peer-reviewer.

The application is sent to:

How to use Research Catalogue

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.

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VIS has an open call for every issue. Ten proposals will be selected by the Editorial Committee, and developed by the authors into expositions in Research Catalogue (RC).

The exposition will be submitted for publication to VIS portal page in RC. An external peer-reviewer will be chosen for each exposition, and the peer-review will take approx. 2 months. The process will be partly dialog-based. After peer-reviewing the author will have a possibility to make further work with the exposition, and then submit it for publication a last time. The final work will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee before publication. The peer-review-process is done with the tools RC has to offer.

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 Board.

As a peer reviewer for VIS, you are 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.

Are you a potential peer-reviewer? Expressions of interest accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae should be sent to: