xCoAx is an exploration of the intersection where computational tools and media meet art and culture, in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive X factor that connects them all.
xCoAx has been an occasion for international audiences to meet and exchange ideas, in search of interdisciplinary synergies among computer scientists, artists, media practitioners, and theoreticians at the threshold of digital arts and culture. Previous editions of xCoAx took place in:
The proceedings of xCoAx are archived at proceedings.xcoax.org.
The focus of xCoAx is on the unpredictable overlaps between the chaos and freedom of creativity and the rules and determinism of algorithms, between human nature and machine technology, with the aim to evolve towards new directions in aesthetics.
In 2019 xCoAx will take place in Milan, Italy.
- Wednesday 3 July afternoon: Doctoral symposium.
- Wednesday 3 July evening: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
- Thursday 4 July: Conference, keynote, performances. Presentations will be organised in panels chaired by a moderator that will lead a final discussion with authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day.
- Thursday 4 July evening: Performances.
- Friday 5 July: Conference, keynote, artworks and performances session. The morning will be dedicated to further paper panels, while in the afternoon, the artworks and performances presentations will take place, networking authors and audience. A second keynote address will close the day.
- Friday 5 July evening: Conference dinner.
Luciana Parisi researches the philosophical consequences of technology in culture, aesthetics and politics. She is a Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at Goldsmiths University of London and co-director of the Digital Culture Unit. She is the author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (2004, Continuum Press) and Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space (2013, MIT Press). She is now writing on the history of automated reason and the transformation of logical thinking in machines.
Domenico Quaranta is a contemporary art critic and curator. His work focuses on the impact of current means of production and dissemination on the arts, and on the way they respond – syntactically and semantically – to the technological shift. He is the author of Beyond New Media Art (2013) and AFK. Texts on Artists 2011-2016 (2016), and the curator of a number of exhibitions, including Collect the WWWorld (2011-2012) and Cyphoria (2016).
Doctoral Symposium Chairs
Simona Chiodo is Full Professor of Philosophy at the Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches Aesthetics and Epistemology and coordinates the interdoctoral course of Epistemology of Scientific and Technical Research. She was Visiting Professor in Edinburgh, Visiting Scholar in Pittsburgh and spent research stays at Harvard. She is a member of the Research Ethical Committee of Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on Epistemology (relationship between aisthesis and episteme, epistemological dualism and relationship between reality and ideality) and Aesthetics (beauty and aesthetics of architecture).
Philip Galanter is an artist, theorist, educator, and curator. As an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University he conducts graduate studios in generative art and physical computing. He is an MFA graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
As an artist Philip creates generative hardware systems, light and sound sculptures, video and sound art installations, digital fine art prints, and light-box transparencies. Philip’s published research includes the scientific exploration of complex systems, and the development of art and social theory bridging the cultures of science and the humanities. His writing has appeared in both art and science publications.
Founded more than 2,600 years ago, Milan is a city with a long and rich history, but also a very exciting present. Its name derives from the Latinised Celtic “Mediolanum”, which means “in the midst of a plain.”
The wealthiest among European non-capital cities, fashion and design’s world capital, Milan is in the middle of much more than just a plain: it is a global city that serves as a bustling hub for international business, research, education, tourism, and art.
Once considered a stop-over for high-end shopping on the way to more traditionally touristic Italian cities, nowadays Milan is known to offer a millennia-wide range of breathtaking artistic experiences, spanning from ruins of the Roman Empire, churches built in the Middle Ages, Renaissance frescos and paintings, to Neoclassical theatres and palaces, Futurist artworks, Rationalist buildings, and cutting-edge contemporary architecture.
By far the most European city in the country, Milan has not forgotten that it is in Italy after all: it will always offer you a quiet and charming place where to wind down and enjoy local and international cuisine among friends. This city is one of the most starred in the world by the Michelin Guide and it has more than 7,000 restaurants, cafes and ice-cream parlours, so whether you are going full gourmet or just looking for a refreshing gelato, you are in the right place.
Travel to Milan
By Car: Milan is at the crossroads of several European motorways that enter Italy through the Alps (Frejus, Mont Blanc and Brenner are the most famous tunnels). Wherever you are driving from, you will end up on the ring road surrounding the city (called “tangenziale” in Italian). The closest exit to xCoAx 2019’s venue is “Viale Certosa”.
By train: Milan is served by a number of train stations. Stazione Centrale is the main one, followed by Garibaldi, Cadorna, Lambrate, and many others. Most international trains end in Centrale, a few of them in Garibaldi. Only local trains stop in Cadorna. If you arrive in Centrale, Cadorna, or Lambrate take the M2 (green) underground ("metropolitana" in Italian, ticket €1.50) to Garibaldi, and then the M5 (purple) underground to Monumentale, which is the closest stop to the venue of xCoAx 2019.
By plane: Milan is served by 3 international airports: Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio (which is also Bergamo’s airport). Malpensa has 2 terminals (T1 and T2), and from both you can go to Milan either by bus (ticket €10-12, destination Centrale) or by train (Malpensa Express, ticket €13, destinations: Centrale with a stop in Garibaldi, or Cadorna). A taxi ride from Malpensa to Milan costs €90. Linate is connected to the city with bus n.73 (ticket €1,50, destination Duomo). A taxi ride from Linate to the city center costs around €20. Orio al Serio offers a shuttle service to Centrale (ticket €5,00).
To the venue: The main venue of xCoAx 2019 will be CareOf, inside the Fabbrica del Vapore in Via Procaccini 4, 20154 Milano. The easiest way to reach it is with the M5 (purple) underground, stop Monumentale. You can also take tram 10, which stops in Piazza Cimitero Monumentale, or trams 12 and 14, which stop in Via Bramante/Piazza Cimitero Monumentale, all at walking distance from the venue.