OBOE Research Platform topics:

Studies on the Venice Biennale: National Pavilions
Paper submission deadline: Ongoing




guest editor Jennifer Noonan

Prints, multiples, artist’s books, posters, printed ephemera, etc., have been exhibited alongside paintings and sculptures in international, large-scale exhibitions. They have been displayed in, sold, and collected from the Venice Biennale, São Paulo Biennial, Documenta and several other perennial exhibitions. Regardless of their continuous, vital presence within international venues and despite the proliferation of scholarship on biennials, there have been few studies on the role of prints and artist’s editions within these exhibitions. The editors of OBOE Journal aim to address this lacuna by dedicating a special issue of this academic journal to the topic.

OBOE invites proposals for articles that examine the role prints and printed matter (multiples, artist’s books, printed ephemera, catalogues, etc.) have played in the context of international, large-scale exhibitions from the end of the nineteenth century through the contemporary moment. Papers could consider overlooked or little studied artists, histories, or the reception of prints, artist’s editions or ephemera within such exhibitions. Individual contributions might also analyze print sales or the development of collections acquired from works sold in these exhibitions. Still others might consider the political, social or broader economic aspects of print production, display or reception within a global context.

For publication consideration please email an abstract of 300 words together with a short bio to  info@oboejournal.com by December 27, 2020.

Notification of acceptance by December 31, 2020

Papers selected for publication should be submitted for double-blind peer review by May 20, 2021.




The Greek-Latin suffix -fanìa is used to compose Italian words that imply a specific moment of appearing, of becoming visible. That moment determines how we perceive whatever emerges as visible. For an artwork, this moment is a fundamental part of its creation and production.
By definition, the ostensive entails the act of showing, displaying, exhibiting and demonstrating something. Intentional gestures of pointing or shifting to a specific position may draw attention to something. In folklore studies the term ostensive has been used to determine behaviours and legend-generating acts. Picking up from the distinction between iconicity—considered as representation—and ostension or indexicality—considered as presentation—in folklorist John McDowell’s mythic narrative, we invite scholars to investigate the ostensive in contemporary art production.
There are a wide range of options for how artworks can be shown. The perception and experience of an artwork is completely different depending on whether it is placed on a pedestal, hung from a nail, watched in a video, or encountered in performance.
In light of the current pandemic we have found it necessary to prioritise online venues and question anew the importance attributed to the artwork’s site of manifestation.

We invite papers which engage with these themes and respond to questions that include, but are not limited to, the following. How much of the presentation of the artwork is part of the artwork itself? How does the artwork change depending on its context and display? How would the shift from physical site to online encounter alter our perception of the artwork? What limitations does the online artwork have? Does it present or represent itself through the screen? How is the temporality of the artwork experienced by the viewer? Which senses does it involve? How much does the experience of contact with an original artwork count? And, last but not least, can an artwork viewed on a computer restore the idea of the pedestal?

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2020
Acceptance of abstracts: December 5, 2020
Paper submission deadline: January 20, 2021  



Authors should submit their articles by registering on the website and must follow OBOE's guidelines.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
There is no charge for submission. All articles are open-access, for which there is no fee. OBOE is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be peer-reviewed by two independent and anonymous expert referees.