The theme for the issue is ”History Now”. The call was open between 13 March and 10 June 2019.

Call for VIS Issue 3 (closed)

Results of the evaluation will be communicated between 24–28 June 2019.

Theme “History Now” – Magnus Bärtås, Editor of VIS Issue 3

The writing of history and the interpretation of events from the past become incredibly powerful and emotive questions of identity in families, local contexts, and nations. Ways of dealing with historical events, cultural inheritance matters and cultural canon issues are constantly being negotiated, forever becoming questions of national self-image, of remembering and forgetting, of inclusion and exclusion, of elimination and (re)discovery. Our stories and interpretations of history give rise to the fundamental questions of existential politics: where do we come from, where are we, and where are we going?

For this issue, we’re looking for expositions in which artistic practice addresses manifestations of history in the present. There has long since been reciprocal exchange between artistic methods and practice and historical theory, music history, and history of science, broadening discussions about the relationships between history and literature, word and image, fiction and reality, film and historical material. Archival practices have taken a prominent role in contemporary art. Historico-performative practices such as re-enactments and other recreation and re-views of events, historical material and historical techniques have emerged in theatre, performance, dance, film and music. Here, there are possibilities to activate affect and knowledge that do not necessarily concern the battle for memory, history and culture. The philosopher Paul Ricœur calls doing a re-enactment a re-affectation of the past in the present.(1) Re-enactment is a task of re-thinking [re-penser] and not of reliving [revivre]. Someone, or something, acts as a stand-in for the past in such situations. With the stand-in, a self acts as an other, temporarily freeing the I, but also offering a fundamental opportunity for knowledge and insight. With History Now, VIS extends an invitation to re-think, to tread new paths alongside the ruts of history, and to try to understand ourselves through history.

(1) Paul Ricœur, ”Den berättande tiden”, in Från text till handling, en antologi om hermeneutik, red. Peter Kemp & Bengt Kristensson, Stockholm: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion 1993, p. 223.

How to submit an exposition (Call closed)

To apply for the open call: create, design and submit an exposition (in draft) using the database 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, it will be peer-reviewed and you will have about 4-5 months to edit it before publication in VIS Journal.

The Editorial Committee selects five-to-eight contributions to each issue of VIS.

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Checklist for submissions

  1. The exposition must include the author’s name, a title and an abstract. Where the exposition uses a language other than English, an English translation of the abstract is required.
  2. Submissions may be made in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and English.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  • Read our referencing policy for VIS (ask for it by contacting
  • 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

  1. How well the exposition proposal relates to the theme of the issue of VIS
  2. Whether the exposition takes place within artistic practices and contributes to further research
  3. Whether the exposition contributes to insight, knowledge and awareness of methods, ethics and context in artistic processes
  4. 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.

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VIS holds an open call for every issue. 5–8 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: