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VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research

Open Call VIS #8 - deadline 11 February 2022

The deadline for the open call is postponed to 11 February 2022. The theme is “Of Rules and Alternatives” and editors are Serge von Arx and Eliot Mmantidi Moleba.

Human existence is based on rules. One of our primary social and cultural activity is to set rules, to organize coexistence and exchange. However, any first step in establishing or following a rule bears as much the momentum of its very rejection. The resulting tension oscillates between rules and their immanent alternatives, producing a liminal space where cracks inevitably occur, and synthesize a fertile ground for the arts. In this issue of VIS, which is organized as a dialogic editorial endeavor, we seek expositions that situate themselves between a claim of breaking with the rules and the establishments of new orders, work which thereby amalgamate or reject the very concept of this dichotomy by operating in its limbo. How does this ambiguity manifest in your work? Why does this liminal space materialise in your work, and what strategies – conceptual or concrete – do you use to navigate it? Do you plan for it, or is it something that emerged through the process? What boundaries is your work pushing or permeating, and vice versa?

Read more on VIS website: VIS Open Call issue 8

Where to apply?

Submitters need to register a full account in Research Catalogue (RC), create an exposition and submit it to the portal “VIS, Nordic Journal for Artistic Research” latest by 11 Feb 2022. Read about the theme and the submission process on VIS website.


Editors in VIS Issue 8

Serge von Arx, Artistic Director Scenography Ostfold University College

Professor Serge von Arx is Artistic Director of the Scenography Department at the Norwegian Theatre Academy / Østfold University College. An architect from ETH Zurich practicing, researching and educating in an expanded field of performative architecture. Board Member of the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, and curator for Prague Quadrennial's architecture section in 2015 and 2019. Serge von Arx created scenographic works for theatre, opera, exhibition and architecture projects with various international artists, including over 50 productions with Robert Wilson.

Eliot Mmantidi Moleba, Research fellow at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, KHiO

Eliot Mmantidi Moleba is a theatremaker, director, and researcher, who occasionally performs random acts of journalism. He was a resident dramaturg at The South African State Theatre (2015–2018) before moving to Norway to pursue his PhD at KHiO. He is mainly interested in narrative research, especially looking at how we use narratives to not only speak ourselves into existence but also situate ourselves in a given place and time.


About VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research

VIS – Nordic Journal for Artistic Research is a digital journal presenting artistic research, with a special emphasis on the Nordic region. It highlights the importance for Nordic artist-researchers of reflection as a mental discipline that, when interwoven with artistic practice, generates new knowledge. The journal is the result of a cooperation between Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (part of Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills).




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