[visionlist] Visual Science of Art Conference 2022 - call for abstracts

VSAC Amsterdam vsac2022 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 18:40:14 -04 2022

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce that abstract submission and registration for the Visual Science of Art Conference 2022 is now open. The conference will take place in Amsterdam from 24-27 August, and the deadline for abstract submission is 8 may 2022. 

As in previous years, we welcome novel work in the fields of visual art, perception & art, empirical aesthetics, vision related art history, philosophy of art and vision, computer graphics and art, etc.  In addition to these, we look very much forward to receiving submissions around the following topics: digital art history, GAN / generative art, vision in art conservation, art reproduction and digitization, art experience in real and virtual environments, etc. If you are in doubt whether your work fits the scope, feel free to contact us. 
Abstract submission

The VSAC is an abstract-based conference (like other visual perception conferences such as the ECVP and VSS). The idea behind this format is discussing ongoing work, instead of finalized. In many cases a journal paper is written *after* valuable conference discussions and submitted to a journal. For some of you this is trivial, but as the VSAC audience is eclectic, we just wanted to mention this. Despite being ‘only’ abstracts, they will be peer reviewed by our program committee (a member list will be published later) *and* published in a special issue of Art and Perception. 

We recommend that you read this “call for abstracts” carefully. One of the prominent messages is that you need to be registered in order for the abstract to be reviewed. More about that below (using the power of repetition here). 

Contribution types

We conceived of three types of contributions: presentations, demonstrations and conversations. We hope these accommodate all your needs but if you have wilder plans please reach out. 

Presentations. The backbone of every scientific conference. To create a meaningful program we advise to use keywords. As is common, there are two presentation formats: talk and poster. Most of us want to give a talk because it is seen as more prestigious and more guaranteed attention. The clear downside of a talk is limited interaction and given the nature of an abstract-based conference (i.e. sharing work in progress), a poster should actually be the desired format, or at least deserve a revaluation. During the review process we will surely take your preference into account but also look at how well the content matches the format (i.e. some work is simply better off in a talk, or poster). 

Demonstrations. There is no such thing as seeing and experiencing artefacts in reality. Therefore we welcome artists displaying artworks and scientists showing demonstrations (or vice versa). Please use the abstract to describe your demonstration and use the supplementary material for artist resume and/or practical descriptions. Take note that the abstract ends up in the program but the supplementary material does not. It is allowed to submit both a presentation/conversation and a demonstration as first author/artist, although in case of receiving a ‘poster’ you may consider merging. Disclaimer: we have yet to find a cool place for the demonstrations, but we first wanted to sample the enthusiasm. If you submit and get accepted we will keep close contact about the operation. 

Conversation: Collaborations between artists and scientists deserve a special place. They generally report on collaborative research. You could also see it as a mini symposium with two speakers. If the 300 word abstract feels too limited you can use the supplementary material. 


You need to be registered for the conference in order for your abstract to be reviewed. We do not have a totally waterproof system that prohibits you from submitting an abstract without registration, so please take extra care. One of the reasons for uncoupling registration and abstract submission are the artist registration waivers: artists who would like to apply for a waiver can submit their contribution and request the waiver. In that case they do not have to register immediately. We only have limited waivers so maybe have to reject some in which case you can register in the normal way. 

Relevant links

Website (abstract submission page): https://vsac2022.tudelft.nl/?page_id=19
 <https://vsac2022.tudelft.nl/?page_id=19>Abstract submission: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=vsac2022
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On behalf of the VSAC organization,

Maarten Wijntjes
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