Call for Papers

THEME:
Artistic Research before
the Nothingness

This edition of the Journal RIACT intends to research the inexhaustible power of the notion of Nothingness, by exploring the intervals between artistic research and artistic creation. That is, searching in its tense and mutual assimilation, the artistic signs used to reshape reality through creative processes. Therefore, artists and art researchers are invited to present articles on Nothingness and artistic research, as well as practical projects related with the theme. The proposals may be developped in the fields of visual arts, performing arts, or the intermedial space between both.

In addition to Nothingness, the notions of abyss, emptiness, and silence may also be explored, although in relation to the concept highlighted in this “Call for Papers”.

“Dealing with the suspense, excitement and body of an organic silence […] the plastic fullness of nothing […].” — Rauschenberg, letter to Betty Parsons, October 18, 1951

“I am here and there is nothing to say. If among you are those who wish to get somewhere, let them leave at any moment. What we require is silence; but what silence requires is that I go on talking. Give any one thought a push: it falls down easily but the pusher and the pushed produce that entertainment called a discussion. Shall we have one later? Or we could simply decide not to have a discussion.” — John Cage, “Lecture On Nothing”, performed at Artists’ Club, Nova Iorque, 1949

Being held out into the nothing — as Dasein is — on the ground of concealed anxiety makes the human being a lieutenant of the nothing. […] So abissally does the process of finitude entrench itself in Dasein that our most proper and deepest finitude refuses to yield to our freedom. — Heidegger, What is metaphysics, Lecture from 1929

Important Dates for RIACT Number 2

01/12/2020—14/01/2021
Submission of an abstract with 2000 words (up to five images can be included at this stage) > riact.artisticresearch2030@gmail.com
15/01—05/02/2021

First stage review by the Scientific Committee according to standard double blind peer review procedures.

06/02/2021

Communication of the reviewing process results to all candidates.

30/04/2021

Submission of the final proposals (between 5000 and 7500 words).

01—19/05/2021

Second stage review by the Scientific Committee according to standard double blind peer review procedures.

20/05/2021

Communication of the reviewing process results to all candidates.

20/05—03/06/2021

Submission of the final proposals after the changes made according to the Scientific Committee’s suggestions and the editor’s proofreading for publication.

08/06/2021

Presentation of the RIACT Journal as well as an International Conference to be held at FBAUL, via ZOOM, with the candidates accepted in this “Call for papers”.

* The first stage of the peer review process is completely free of charges. However, if the proposals are accepted, the applicants pay a nominal fee of thirty (30) euros to FBAUL, to be used for the English translation of RIACT’s Editorial, Introduction, and other sections of the Journal.