6th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM)
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.
- Wednesday 11 afternoon: Doctoral symposium.
- Wednesday 11 evening: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
- Thursday 12: 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 12 evening: Performances.
- Friday 13: 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 13 evening: Conference dinner.
- Friday 13 night: Closing party.
See the complete xCoAx 2018 program here.
Keynote: 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
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.
- Extended submission deadline: 12 February
- Notifications: March 20
- Registration deadline for authors: April 30
- Delivery of final versions: April 30
- Doctoral symposium: July 11
- Exhibition opening: July 11
- Conference: July 12 & 13
You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work that includes but is not limited to the following topics:
- Algorithms / Systems / Models
- Artificial Aesthetics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Audiovisuals / Multimodality
- Generative Art / Design
- Mechatronics / Physical Computing
- Music / Sound Art
- Philosophy of Art / of Computation
- Technology / Ethics / Epistemology
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.
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.
- All works must be submitted via EasyChair;
- Submissions must be original and will be rigorously reviewed by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee, in a process that will assess originality, relevance, artistic and technical achievements;
- Submissions should be presented as .pdf files with all the media files embedded or linked to online resources;
- Final versions for publication should be delivered in .docx with all the images and other media files attached as independent files;
- All images and media assets must be cleared for publication by the authors;
- At least one of the authors of each selected contribution must register to the conference before the first author registration deadline in order for the work to be published in the proceedings;
- xCoAx’s working language is English;
- xCoAx’s conference proceedings (with ISBN) will be published online;
- A selection of works will be published in a forthcoming special issue of CITAR’s Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts;
- Please contact the program chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding submissions.
- Author registration: € 190 — before April 30th. One author per paper. Includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner.
- Reduced registration: € 60 — Non-presenting co-authors, authors without academic affiliation, general public. Includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner.
- Doctoral symposium: € 60 — Includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner.
- Conference dinner: € 30 — Not included in the registration, also open to non-registered accompanying persons.
- Adriana Sá University of Coimbra
- Alejandro Sanchez Zaragoza MACA / ETSAM
- Alessandro Ludovico Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton / Neural
- Alice Eldridge University of Sussex
- Alison Clifford University of the West of Scotland
- André Rangel CITAR
- Andrea González MACA / ETSAM
- Andreas Broeckmann Leuphana Arts Program, Lüneburg
- Andreas Muxel Faculty of Design at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg
- Andreas Zingerle kairus.org / Woosong University
- Andres Burbano School of Architecture and Design, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
- Anne Balsamo University of Texas at Dallas
- Anneké Pettican Department Lead Art & Communication, University of Huddersfield
- Arne Eigenfeldt Simon Fraser University
- Atxu Amann MACA / ETSAM
- Boris Debackere V2 / Luca School of Arts
- Carlos Guedes New York University Abu Dhabi
- Caroline Claisse Art and Design Centre / Sheffield Hallam University
- Chara Lewis Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Christian Faubel Academy of Media Arts Cologne
- Cris Arguelles Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / ETH Zurich
- Cristina Sá CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
- Dale MacDonald University of Texas at Dallas
- Daniel Schorno STEIM
- Daphne Dragona Transmediale
- Eduardo Roig Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Emilio López Galiacho Universidad Nebrija / ESNE
- Filipe Pais Ensadlab, Ensad, Paris
- Francisco Cardoso Lima Independent Artist, Aveiro
- Frieder Nake University of Bremen & Hochschule für Künste Bremen
- Gonzalo Pardo Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Graeme Truslove University of the West of Scotland
- Heitor Alvelos ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
- Irina Spicaka CC4AV
- João Cordeiro CITAR / University of West London
- Jason Reizner Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Jingyin He Yale-NUS College
- Jon McCormack Monash University
- Julio D'Escriván University of Huddersfield
- Kristin Mojsiewicz Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
- Linda Kronmann kairus.org / Woosong University
- Lucía Jalón Oyarzun Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Luís Gustavo Martins CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
- Luísa Ribas CIEBA / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
- Manuela Naveau Ars Electronica
- Mario Verdicchio University of the West of Scotland
- Martin Kaltenbrunner Kunstuniversität Linz
- Miguel Carvalhais INESC TEC / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
- Mitchell Whitelaw College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
- Mona Kasra University of Virginia
- Nathan Wolek Stetson University
- Nuno N. Correia Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
- Paulo Ferreira Lopes Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
- Pedro Cardoso INESC TEC
- Penousal Machado University of Coimbra
- Philip Galanter Texas A&M University
- Roxanne Leitão Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
- Rui Penha INESC TEC / FEUP
- Rui Torres Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto
- Samuel Van Ransbeeck UCP-CITAR
- Sophie-Carolin Wagner Austrian National Library / RIAT
- Shusha Niederberguer House of Electronic Arts Basel
- Tim Boykett Time's Up
- Titus von der Malsburg Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam
- Thor Magnusson University of Sussex / ixi audio
- Valentina Nisi University of Madeira
- Valentina Vuksic Zurich University of the Arts
- Victoria Bradbury University of North Carolina, Asheville
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