xCoAx 2018

6th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X

12–13 July

Madrid, Spain

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)

The xCoAx 2018 program is now online!

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 Lisbon in 2017, Bergamo in 2016 and 2013, Glasgow in 2015, and Porto in 2014.

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 2018 xCoAx will take place in Madrid, in and around ETSAM, in the Moncloa area.


See the complete xCoAx 2018 program here.

Keynote: Mario Klingemann

Portrait of Mario Klingemann

Mario Klingemann is an artist working with algorithms and data. He investigates the possibilities that machine learning and artificial intelligence offer in understanding how creativity, culture and their perception work. An important part of this investigation is his work with digital cultural archives like the British Library’s, the Internet Archive’s or the collection of the Google Arts & Culture where he currently is artist in residence.

He is a regular speaker on international art, design and media festivals, winner of the 2015 creative award of the British Library and his works have been shown at the Ars Electronica Festival, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Met and the MoMA, New York.

Keynote: Pep Vidal

Portrait of Pep Vidal

Pep Vidal works with infinitesimal changes that are constantly always everywhere, in a chain of changes that is (almost) infinite and chaotic.

He has presented solo exhibitions at institutions as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia in Venezuela, and Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. He has participated in group shows at Caixaforum, Halfhouse Barcelona, Fabbrica del Vapore Milano, EXPO 2015, Generaciones 2015, La Casa Encendida, and OTR Madrid. He has also received several prizes, such as the Visual Arts Grant Fundación Botín and the Miquel Casablancas Award for publications.

Important Dates


You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work that includes but is not limited to the following topics:

Submission Categories

Paper: 5 to 10 pages conference paper, following the formatting in the Word template. Revision of papers will be double-blind. Please make sure that the PDF file is completely anonymized (i.e. omits author-related information in body of text or as explicit self-citations, notes and bibliography). Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and allotted 15 minutes presentation time at the conference.

Artwork / Performance: 3 to 4 page description paper, following the formatting in the Word template. Revision of proposals will be double-blind. Proposals should provide a clear description of the work, one or more URLs for access to relevant media assets, and a technical rider (layout, setup, required equipment). All accepted works will be allotted 7 minutes presentation time at the conference. Artworks will be part of the exhibition, performances will be allotted a maximum of 30 minutes on stage during the performance night. The proceedings will publish an extended abstract to be provided by the authors after the conference.

Doctoral symposium: 2 pages research paper, following the formatting in the Word template. The title of your submission should start with "DS:", e.g. "DS: Parametrisation in Visual Art". Revision of proposals will be single-blind. A revised version will be requested for inclusion in the proceedings after the symposium.

Doctoral Symposium

The symposium will provide students the opportunity to present their doctoral research and receive feedback on their work-in progress from established researchers and from other participants. The symposium aims to foster the discussion of research topics and approaches, and to promote interaction between the research community.

To apply as a student participating in the Doctoral Symposium you should provide a single document including a research paper and letter of support by your advisor.

The research paper should include: 1) Purpose of the research and its importance to the field; 2) Brief survey of background and related work; 3) Description of the proposed approach; 4) Expected contributions; 5) Progress towards goals.

The letter of support should provide an assessment of the current status of the research and mention areas that could benefit from feedback from other experienced researchers.

The first xCoAx Doctoral Symposium, in 2017 was chaired by Frieder Nake and Philip Galanter.

Submission Details


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Scientific Committee

Organising Committee

Local Organising Committee

Steering Committee


View of Madrid, photo by Carlos Zurita

Madrid is the capital and the most populated city in Spain. It is a city which combines modern infrastructures and serves as the country’s economic, financial and administrative centre. The capital gives access to a wide range of services and has an extensive cultural and artistic heritage, product of centuries of history.

It is located strategically in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula at a height of 646 meters above sea level. Madrid’s old town is one of the most important amongst the main European cities. Art and culture occupy a place of privilege in the city’s agenda. With more than 60 museums around the city, places like Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza or the Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, dedicated to Spanish contemporary art, where paintings from Picasso, Dalí or Miró stand out.

Travel to Madrid

Aeropuerto Adolfo Suarez-Barajas (IATA code: MAD) is the main gateway to the city. Visitors have several options to get from the airport to the city centre such as Aerocity, Bus (Airport Express), Metro or taxi. Aerocity is a specialised taxi service which can be booked online. The bus runs a 24-hour service with just 3 stops after the airport, with tickets costing 5 euros, and with stops at terminals 1, 2 and 4. There are Metro stations in Terminals 2 and 4 with trains leaving every 5 minutes and with line 8 going straight to Nuevos Ministerios in the city centre in a 15-minute journey.

Where to Stay

Madrid offers a vast choice of Hostels, Hotels, and B&Bs which are publicised in the most notorious hotel booking websites.

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