The theme for VIS Issue 13 is Brieftopia. Editor is Behzad Khosravi Noori. The call was open between 8 April and 27 May 2024.

The call for VIS Issue 13 is closed! Deadline for exposition proposals was 27 May 2024.


The 13 issue of VIS seeks expositions for artistic exploration, emphasising exploration of imagined realms —a fleeting yet delightful sight into an imaginative future, a momentary glimpse into a potential future that is both accessible and tangible, a brief utopia, a brieftopia.

The politics of the future are deeply connected with the present socio-economic, cultural, and environmental landscapes. As societies grapple with complex challenges such as war, occupations, climate change, rapid technological advancement, inequality, and geopolitical tensions, today's decisions shape the trajectory of tomorrow—the politics of the future vision of the kind of world we want to inhabit. Artistic research may delve into these political landscapes, offering insights and alternative visions for a more equitable and sustainable future.

In the upcoming issue of VIS, we introduce the term brieftopia, coined by Behzad Khosravi Noori, as a speculative method of artistic research about the future.  

A brieftopia represents a momentary burst of imaginative thinking that happens in the present. Here, artistic researchers blend their artistic ideas with thoughts about how the world might change in the future. It's a brief moment of escape from reality to imagine a tangible future that provides the potential to navigate ourselves.

A brieftopia is not a disconnected realm, divorced from the realities of future politics. It is a brief intermezzo where our minds embark on an imaginary journey, interweaving the fabric of the real world while momentarily escaping its limits to imagine the future. Brieftopia, in its utopian desire, attempts to use art as a reminder of the plausible future and politics around it. By posing the question of whether artistic research can propose a method to explore future scenarios in the present, we invite artistic practitioners to create expositions on the nature of the future, the brieftopias that we aspire to create.

Editor is Behzad Khosravi Noori. The call is open between 8 April and 27 May 2024.

Exposition proposals can be in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, or English. Learn more about how to apply below.


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. Note that this can take 1–2 working days. 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.

Note. Due to the large number of submissions received in response to the initial call and submission deadline, the Editorial Committee is unfortunately not able to give detailed review feedback to rejected submissions.

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  1. Once you have chosen an editor type in the Research Catalogue, you will be asked to fill in information about your exposition. You need to fill in: Title (title of the exposition), Abstract (summary that briefly explains what your exposition is about, Copyright (your first and last name), Language (exposition language), Affiliation (university/organisation, or the city/country you are studying/working in), Keywords (add keywords describing your research and artistic field). External link is optional, it could be a link to your website/portfolio.
  2. Once in the editing tool, describe the outline of 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. You can add content such as text, images, audio, video, slideshows and pdf’s.
  3. Include a CV with contact details in the exposition.
  4. Submissions may be made in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and English.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  • Test the exposition in different browsers

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.


  • 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.


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

Once you have an upgraded membership ("full account") in the Research Catalogue, there will be a "Create exposition" button on your profile page. When you click on the button, select "Editor type". Choose between graphical, block or text based. There are three types of editors with different ways to create an exposition. Choosing an editor.

Once you have chosen the editor, you will be asked to fill in brief facts about your exposition in step 1 and create the exposition itself in step 2. Below you will find instructions.


RC tutorials



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.

Read more about the peer-review-process: VIS – the Editorial Process.


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: