Call for Entries



The program

The VIS Arts Program (VISAP) is a forum where visualization researchers, designers, and media artists come together to discuss topics in data visualization around an annual theme, intended to be relevant to art, design, and academic research communities. It is the biggest associated event in the IEEE VIS conference, and its main goal is to foster new thinking, discussion, and collaboration between fields.

VISAP welcomes a wide range of submissions, including interactive artworks, design projects, novel visualization tools and applications, art-science or artist-in-lab projects, evaluations of data visualizations, and philosophical meditations on the intersections between art and research. These can either be submitted to a paper track, or to an exhibition track (read details below). Accepted works will be published on the official VISAP website and in a dedicated exhibition catalogue, and will be indexed in the IEEE Xplore digital library.



The theme

The theme for VISAP’19 is Beyond Borders. We invite submissions that reflect the many different ways in which borders are formed, reformed, disturbed, enacted, lived, needed, and destroyed.

We take a broad view of borders as methods of delineating areas conceptually, metaphorically, physically, relationally. Borders can be artificial lines enforced by habit, convenience, force, or law. They can be physical expressions of once conceptual borders, keeping in or keeping out, protecting or preventing. In all their manifestations, borders have counterparts in our minds and our bodies, both individual and social. We tell stories with implicit borders; we speak of boundaries, tribes, parties, identities. Borders can simplify and complicate, as useful maps sometimes confused for territories, as interfaces that enable and mask. We are looking for works that play with the fluidity of borders, not only in their definition but in their inherent dynamic nature.

VISAP’19 welcomes works that grapple with the often-contradictory narratives around borders as outlined above. We are especially interested in works that integrate scale as a mode of enquiry -- geographically, temporally, and socially. Do our perception of borders change with scale, and if so, how? What are the dynamic components of borders, and can a focus on these change the narratives? In which ways can collected data agitate our sense of borders, for good or for ill. Who and what collects data and across which borders and boundaries? How does data affect our sense of responsibility within and across borders?

In the spirit of being beyond borders, VISAP’19 welcomes all media and mixtures thereof – including interactive data visualization, 3D printed sculptures, VR/AR, digital fabrications, sound works, writing, print, video, and other multimedia forms.

Submission details

Submissions can either be made to:

1. A paper track: Extended abstract with a 10 page limit, including references;

2. An exhibition track:

a. 2 page description of the exhibit, accompanied by any relevant visuals and/or sound files; or
b. Pictorials (annotated portfolios) with a 16 page limit.

All submissions are due by May 31, 2019, using the Precision Conference System (PCS).
Read the Submission Instructions for details.

Note: VISAP aims to foster discussions around 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 track will be presented during one of two paper sessions, while accepted exhibits and pictorials will be displayed during an opening reception, and throughout the conference in a specially allocated exhibition space. They may also be offered an opportunity to give a presentation in the paper session.

We look forward to your participation!

Till Nagel, Yoon Chung Han, Maria Lantin
VISAP’19 General Chairs