For VIS issue 7, our proposed theme is “Metamorphoses – Tales of the Ever-changing”. Editor: Anna Lindal.

The call is now closed.

Theme “Metamorphoses – Tales of the Ever-changing” – Anna Lindal, Editor of VIS Issue 7

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning in his bed transformed into a gigantic beetle and becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, an alienated man. Kafka’s startling, bizarre and darkly humorous story uses the trope of metamorphosis to delineate a key predicament of the modern condition.

Art that deals with transformation and Metamorphosis (originally a term describing a more-or-less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal) has been present throughout millennia. The Latin poet Ovid’s tales from the Greek myths are linked by the idea of transformation and have inspired countless writers, artists and musicians down the centuries. Indeed, one could say that the idea of transformation underpins almost all human creation and expression.

But how do we relate practices of transformation in art to our own time, where change is increasingly present in everyday life, and the capacity to change and adapt is seen as a vital part of the strategies for survival of societies evolving at a furious pace? The sensation that the world is at a tipping point, at which every step in any direction is of crucial importance, becomes more pressing with every day. In addition to this, transformations of our inherited ways of living and working, travelling – and even creating – confront us on every side.

In such a universally metamorphic world, is the trope of metamorphosis still relevant or has it become obsolete? Has our post-internet era, where time, information and art are seamlessly intertwined and the dramaturgy of directions, development and transformation permeates our lives, made the concept of metamorphosis as a decisive intervention in an otherwise smooth continuum one that is outmoded and unnecessary? Or, conversely, are contemporary artistic processes particularly well-suited to deal with this ever-present dynamism through their innate capacity to transform matter and ideas, change directions and viewpoints, and bend reality, time and consciousness?

For this issue of VIS, we invite you to submit your own thoughts, perspectives and artistic creations of the theme of metamorphosis in all its connotations – those outlined here and others that may be important to you. From these, we hope to construct a volume that will embody the ways in which the modes of disseminating artistic research are themselves subject to flux and metamorphosis.

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.

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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)

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, 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: