China VIS 2019 Arts Program (China VISAP'19)

The China VIS 2019 Arts Program, or China VISAP'19, showcases innovative artwork and research that explores the exciting and increasingly prominent intersections between art, design, and visualization. It consists of an exhibition, a student competition, a photography exhibition, a special topics panel and a series of artist talks. China VISAP’19 runs from July 21 to 24 during the ChinaVis 2019 conference in Chengdu, China. The goal of the program is to foster new thinking, discussion, and collaboration between artists, designers, technologists, visualization scientists, and others working at the intersection of these fields.

China VISAP'19 Catalogue

China VISAP'19 Student Competition Winners



The theme for China VISAP’19 is Symbiosis: Human Relation with Nature in the Digital Age. We invite submissions that represent the current state of our relation with nature, particularly submissions that reflect on how the presentation of data shape our view on the relationship of human and nature.

As an ancient Chinese sayings goes, the great beauty between heaven and earth, the sequence between four seasons, and the rise and fall of all things are all due to the great power of nature. Since the industrial revolution, nature has been treated as a commodity that exists largely for the benefit of people. The world's depletion of natural resources and rapid environmental degradation have led to adverse consequences for both nature and overall well-being of humanity. Between 1991 and 2015, 78% of China's coastline advanced towards the ocean, and 22% of the coastline retreated to land. At the beginning of 2019, extreme cold weather occurred in North America, and many countries in the Alps were hit by blizzards. Australia experienced record high temperatures and rainfall. There is an urgent need for human to devise a more sustainable model for production, consumption and the economy as a whole. Only when achieving a harmonious relationship with nature, can human maintain a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generation.

China VISAP’19 invite artists, designers and researchers to investigate data for sustainable development and to think about effective and provocative ways to represent complex interdependencies within the ecological systems.

China VISAP'19 Exhibition Call for Submissions

The China VISAP’19 Exhibition encourage artists, designers and researchers to submit work related to topics in information visualization, scientific visualization, visual analytics on the intersections of art and research, especially those that investigate the theme of China VISAP’19 - Symbiosis: Human Relation with Nature in the Digital Age.

Submissions are evaluated on quality and relevance to this year’s China VISAP’s theme, in addition to relevance to the China VIS community by a program committee made up of experts in visualization, media arts, and design.

The China VISAP’19 exhibition will take place in Chengdu, China from July 21 to 24, co-located with The China Visualization Conference (ChinaVis) 2019. Selected artworks and design submissions will be installed in an exhibition setting that is open to the general public as well as to ChinaVis attendees. All accepted submissions will be featured in the China VISAP’19 Exhibition Catalog, and the exhibition will be publicized widely in media.

We welcome submissions in any medium, e.g., interactive projections, multimedia sculptures, mobile devices, illustrations, video game art, digital prints, screen-based art, fixed audio-visual pieces, etc. Projects could involve any of the following:

  • visualization that emphasizes aesthetics
  • visualization that encourages creative interaction
  • speculative visualizations
  • visualization as tactical media
  • new data paradigms
  • live coding and streaming data
  • exploratory data semantics
  • 3D visualization, VR environments, and immersive analytics
  • computational photography
  • ambient information displays
  • visualization as storytelling
  • design studies
  • data sonification
  • digital humanities visualization


  • Submission deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Notifications of acceptance: June 14, 2019
  • Exhibition dates: July 21-24, 2019

Previous Accepted Work

Please see China VISAP’18 Exhibition Catalogue (designed by Juanjuan Long) to get a sense of the range of artworks that have been accepted previously. Please feel free to contact the chairs if you have questions about whether or not your work is an appropriate submission to China VISAP Exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please include a description of your project in no more than 500 words. It should start with listing the title of each piece, medium, dimensions and year of completion.
  • Elements to consider that will be helpful for the reviewers include: explaining how your work relates to this year’s theme and to information visualization, scientific visualization, and/or visual analytics; describing technical details of the project; and discussing the reception of your work at previous exhibitions (if it has been exhibited before). You will also want to describe the installation requirements of your work in terms of space and equipment. Explain where there is flexibility in case we cannot meet every requirement. Additionally, you will need to provide links to high-resolution images, audio, and/or videos that will help give the reviewers a clear sense of your work.
  • Each submission file needs to be no more than 20MB. Large files can be sent through Dropbox, please include the downloadable links in the Project Description.

China VISAP'19 Submission System

Any question about submission to ChinaVISAP’19, please contact

We look forward to your participation.

China VISAP'19 Exhibition Chairs

  • Juanjuan Long,  Jiangnan University
  • Yunqi Zhang,  Sichuan Normal University
  • Jun Li,  Southwest Jiaotong University
China VISAP'19 Student Competition Call for Submission

The 2019 China VIS Art Program (China VISAP'19) Student Competition is an important part of 2019 China Visualization and Visual Analysis Conference. Together with "China VISAP’19 Exhibition", "Special Topics on Artistic Visualization", "Visualization Photography Exhibition" and a series of artist talks, it forms the 2019 China VIS Art Program. The aim of this competition is to promote talent cultivation and to stimulate conversation and collaboration within the artistic visualization community.

The China VISAP'19 Student Competition utilizes the theme of this year's China VISAP'19 "Symbiosis: Human and Nature in Digital Age", inviting submissions that investigate the symbiotic relationship between human and nature through artistic visualization. We encourage university students who study art, design and visualization at home and abroad to research on data related to human and nature with an emphasis on sustainability, use their best techniques to represent the findings in their work within the prescribed time limit. The competition sets a series of awards for outstanding and original projects.

There is no restriction regarding the techniques being used. The competition aims to encourage students to maximize their imagination and creativity. Artistic visualization works need to base on real data. Submission of original data samples is required as a reference for evaluation. The criterion for selection of the works is whether the team can effectively present a data-based artistic idea, viewpoint or concept through visual or auditory forms.

Submission Guidelines

  • Students from universities, colleges around the world are all welcomed to submit.
  • Submissions are team based. Each team could consist of maximum 3 students, and may have one instructor as the team advisor.
  • The team leader is the designated person to communicate with the Competition committee regarding the submission.
  • Each team should have a name (use good judgement when selecting, no disrespectful words please).

Submission Details

Sign up and Submit Links
  • Sign up Link:

    After signing up, a unique Team Number will be given, and linked to your corresponding email. You may use your email to query the team number later.

  • Submit Link:

    a) To submit your work, the following information is required:Team Number、Project Name、Downloadable Link (Baidu Cloud is recommended)、Project Abstract.

    b) You may update your submission before deadline using the same Team Number. The last submission will be considered.

Content of Submission
  • Project Files:Accepted file formats are .jpg, and .png for images and .mp4, .mov, and .avi for videos.
  • Project Description:No more than 500 words in .pdf format. The Description should explain the concept of the submission, including a description of the original data. If necessary, the original data may be submitted separately to help the reviewers better understand the connotation of the submission.
Special Announcement
  • Submissions must not contain content that violates national laws, violence, pornography and other undesirable content. The Competition Committee has the right to disqualify any entry that contains the above content.
  • Submissions must be original works, and shall not contain any content that infringes on the copyright of others. If an entry cause infringement disputes, all liability shall be borne by the entrants.
  • The authors of the Submissions own the copyright of the entries. Without special declaration, the China VISAP’19 Student Competition has the right to publicize, display and broadcast the Submissions in conference related media.
  • The name of the participants and the instructor cannot be changed after Submission.
  • Base on the results of review by the Competition Committee, a series of awards will be given out including Gold Award, Silver Award, Bronze Award and Honorable Mention Award.
  • At the China VIS 2019 conference, award certificates will be awarded to all winning teams.
  • At least one member of the wining team is required to register for the conference and attend the awards ceremony.
  • Submission Deadline: May 24, 2019
  • Result Announcement: June 14, 2019
  • Awards Ceremony:During the Conference

China VISAP'19 Student Competition Chairs

  • Tiemeng Li,  Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications
  • Zhen Zeng  Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
  • Liye Hou  Xi`An Academy of Fine Arts

China VISAP'19 Curated Photography Exhibition:Data through the eye of the lens


  • Curator:Chen Wang, California State University
  • Co-curator:Jinli Shen, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

From the atomic structure under the microscope to the Milky Way cloud in the vast outer space, photography expands our perception in time and space. Today, with the advent of the era of big data, reading pictures has become a shortcut for the public to obtain information. However, does data through the camera lens still represent the real world? The showcased artists and institution use different combinations of photography and data to demonstrate their exploration from different perspectives.

The animated video by George Legrady Studio is a metaphor about how individuals adjust their behavior to conform to social norms and pressures. Li Yan uses the overlapping of layers between reality and illusion to display an individual's psychological cognition of things. Two articles in the New York Times focus on new trends in data-driven media coverage. In recent years, the NYT newsroom has expanded its visual storytelling by encouraging collaboration among reporters, cartographers, videographers, programmers, illustrators, and statisticians. Peter Ørntoft's data comes from social surveys, and his work uses cultural elements and photography to design data charts. Philipp Schmitt, who worked at the MIT Media Lab, explores the use of image recognition in artificial intelligence, one for AI's creative potential, and another for AI systems that are unique to semantics and photo editing. Another artist working with artificial intelligence systems, Rodger Luo demonstrates AI's misreading of personal digital identities to remind us of the vigilance to the unknown world. Shaoyu Su's work combines photogrammetry and historical terrain data to create a futuristic visual scene.

What will big data and technology bring to art? The answer is still unknown. This curated photography exhibition presents only the scenery along the way. What we can know for sure is that this is just the beginning of the journey.

China VIS 2019 Arts Program(China VISAP'19)

China VISAP'19 General Chairs

  • Xiaohua Sun, Tongji University
  • Zhiyong Fu, Tsinghua University
  • Rebecca Ruige Xu, Syracuse University

China VISAP'19 Project Curators

  • Gaoxu Li, Yang Independent Art Space
  • Yi Lu, Yang Independent Art Space

China VISAP'19 Branding Development

  • Tiantian Yang, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts
  • Chen Wang, California State University
  • Juanjuan Long, Jiangnan University

China VISAP'19 Co-Sponsors

  • Tongji University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Syracuse University
  • Jiangnan University
  • Sichuan Normal University
  • Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
  • Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts
  • California State University
  • Yang Independent Art Space