Voke, a new art education research platform, is accepting proposals for visualized research objects to include in its inaugural issue, to be released this October. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract describing the proposed project’s area of research and the proposed form the research object will take. Proposals may also include images or links to prior visual work by the author, or sketches/prototypes of the proposed project – though the project proposed must not have been previously published elsewhere. A portfolio of prior visual work is not necessary, however, and we welcome non-artist researchers to propose collaborations with visual artists. Proposals accepted for publication and completed for the issue will receive a stipend. Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If accepted, your proposal will be assigned to two members of the editorial board, who will provide initial feedback on your proposal and ongoing support in the realization of the project and its integration into the site. Your final textual literature review, and a draft version of your object, will be due by July 1st, 2013, and your assigned board members will provide feedback on the piece. The final version of the project will be due September 9th, 2013.
What is Visualized Research?
By emphasizing the art in art education research, a field historically characterized by written scholarship, Voke aims to engage a diverse audience and facilitate dialogue among researchers, artists, teachers, and students. Our goal is to present fresh ideas in artistic forms that reflect and inspire provocative thought. Contributions require two main components: a citation-driven literature review, and a visualized research object articulating and expanding upon that body of research. These pieces take full advantage of digital media to offer readers alternative means of encountering information. Short films, interactive documents, procedural artwork, podcasts, screencasts, poetry, games, and photography are all possible examples of visualized research; they creatively represent research in an effort to challenge surface-level interaction with ideas.
For examples of visualized research projects, look at some of the projects on the Voke frontpage, or at the examples on Kairos, a technology and rhetoric journal which presents similar work of a different disciplinary bent.
What is Voke?
Voke honors emerging voices in the field of art education by providing an online platform that encourages dialogue, poses provocative questions and reevaluates the boundaries of academic thought and its presentation.
Our aim is to provide a versatile digital platform for provocative research by emerging and experienced art education professionals, presented in a visual way that reflects the field’s engagement with contemporary media culture and takes advantage of the breadth of expressive forms art practitioners can employ to present research. To this end, Voke is interested not only in soliciting visual research but in scaffolding traditional researchers’ development of heterodox modes of presentation of their work, and fostering productive partnerships between traditional researchers and art practitioners to develop engaging visual articulations of pertinent research.