Call for Entries

The Theme

The theme for IEEE VISAP 2023 is Perpetual Presence. Data is all around us, a perpetual and ubiquitous digital stream of meaning that permeates throughout the ambient informatic that backgrounds our societies. Perpetual Presence acknowledges the transformative potential of data as influencing cultural, economical and political landscapes. If ‘presence’ is a state of being, of becoming, and of responding to the intersectionality of realities, then Perpetual Presence is an aesthetic in which data abundantly flourishes in ways that extend our understanding of the world.

We invite submissions that critically reflect on the multiple entanglements that humans and non-humans can form with digital data within physical and digital environments. This includes thinking beyond the immediate presence, as well as new thoughts and debates that transcend human capacities and experiences. Submissions can include new interactive artworks, data representation techniques, and creative methodologies, alongside critical and ethical research pertaining to data as Perpetual Presence that contribute to building a more equitable world for all.

VISAP 2023 Perpetual Presence seeks research papers, artwork submissions and pictorials for presentation in two interrelated tracks during the conference and exhibition in October 2023. Flowing through different concepts and contexts, we seek original work examining new aesthetics and critical cultures at the intersection of art, science and technology that engage with the theme Perpetual Presence in one way or the other. Submissions might explore topics related, but not limited to:

  • Data and algorithms as co-composers to artistic and aesthetic experiences,
  • Critical, reflective and/or playful interactions spanning digital and physical topologies,
  • Critical explorations of co-presence in physically remote environments,
  • The ‘more-than-human’ experience and how it may contribute to an understanding of nature, eco-ethical perspectives and sustainability,
  • Data-driven and technological interventions (e.g., sensors, robotics, AR/XR/VR) to human social, cultural and spatial capacity,
  • Ethical challenges concerning sentience and personhood,
  • Manifestations of inclusive practices.

Visualization projects explored through artworks, pictorials or papers might include:

  • Visualization that emphasizes aesthetics
  • Visualization that encourages creative interaction
  • Speculative visualizations
  • Critical visualization
  • Visualization as tactical media
  • New data paradigms
  • Live coding and streaming data
  • Complex systems
  • Explorations of the history of visualization
  • Software studies, creative coding, custom-built software
  • Temporal dynamics and affective motion
  • Explo-temporal dynamics and affective data semantics
  • 3D visualization, VR environments, and immersive analytics
  • Computational photography
  • Ambient information displays
  • Visualization for storytelling
  • Design studies
  • Data sonification
  • Conversation theory
  • Artist-in-lab projects
  • Digital humanities visualization
  • Ethics of data and data visualization

Submission Instructions

Call opening:

April, 2023

Submissions deadline:

June 2, 2023 June 6, 2023

Acceptance notifications:

July 14, 2023

Camera ready deadline:

August 14, 2023

Exhibition materials submission:

August 14, 2023

VISAP exhibition

Wed 4 October - Sun 29 October 2023
Library at the Dock Gallery

All submissions are due by June 2, 2023; 11:59pm (23:59) Anywhere On Earth (AOE), using the Precision Conference System (PCS).

Go the Submission Instructions for further details.

Note: VISAP aims to foster discussions of the relationships between the design process and the final artifact. We encourage all artists and designers to showcase and describe the process of research creation when producing visualizations or data-driven art pieces.

Accepted submissions to the paper and to the pictorial tracks will be presented during the IEEE VIS conference VISAP sessions. Accepted exhibits will be displayed from October 4 - October 29, 2023 at the Library at the Doc Gallerygallery space. Pictorials may be displayed in printed forms at the opening reception; and exhibits may be offered an opportunity to be presented during the IEEE VIS conference VISAP sessions.

We look forward to your participation!

Uta Hinrichs, Xavier Ho, and Rebecca Ruige Xu
VISAP 2023 General Chairs


Twitter: @visapnet