For VIS issue 9, our proposed theme is “Of Memory and Public Space”. Editors: Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba.

The call for VIS issue 9 was closed on 1 June 2022. The theme is “Of Memory and Public Space”. Editors are Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba.

Theme “Of Memory and Public Space” – Serge von Arx and Eliot Moleba, Editors of VIS Issue 9 (Closed)

Public space is central to political and social life, especially within our urban environments. Streets, squares, and parks are the stage where our everyday life largely unfolds, and play a vital role in defining the community ties of our neighbourhoods. As such, the public space is a society’s main archive, bearing all its memories, hidden or open. This raises or sets the ground for questions about the politics of memory and remembering.

We conceive of the public space as a void. While the art of architecture and town planning lies within the precise framing of its spatial potential, artists bring it to life as they engage, reveal and catalyse social encounters, as an interdependent dialogue. “Of Memory and Public Space” focuses on the potentiality that is created or emerges from work of and in the public space.

In this issue of VIS, which is also organised as a dialogic editorial endeavour, we wish to invite work that creates artistic interventions or intrusions in public spaces which trigger movement or action as a form of remembering. The interventions must blend with, be enacted or inserted into the public space with the goal to evoke responses of the public, consciously or unconsciously, and thereby contribute to or initiate a debate which emerges abstractly in the shape of movement or an action, rather than verbally. How do these artistic interventions punctuate the spatial silence or noise in the urban environment?

We are interested in the artistic practices of researchers, artists and architects, whose work is both celebrating and questioning the role of art in dealing with collective memory. How can and does artistic work help us to reflect, identify and reveal our society and add meaning to our cities? How can interception in the public sphere trigger a response in the form of an action or a movement for us to relate and engage with the histori(es) and memori(es) embedded within public spaces? In other words, what is it that we decide to remember, what do we ignore and what do we choose to forget?

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 review” 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.

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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)

Authors need to use the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND (read more) for the exposition. Content within the exposition, such as certain video, audio, images and text, can – if necessary – have another CC license.

VIS does not pay authors for their work on the expositions. Peer-review and publication are fully covered by VIS, and are free of charge for participating authors.

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)


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, it will first go through an editorial review-process, then 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. Learn more about VIS peer-review-process.

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: