xCoAx 2019

7th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X

3–5 July Milan Politecnico di Milano

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, in Italy.


Luciana Parisi

Portrait of Luciana Parisi

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

Portrait of Domenico Quaranta

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).

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 single-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). The acceptance of artworks and performances will not only depend on reviews, but also on their technical requirements. xCoAx has a limited budget, mainly based on the registration fees. Works that require excessive resources on xCoAx’s part may not be accepted. It is fundamental that the proponents are ready to bring their own equipment and minimize their reliance on the xCoAx organisation. 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: Only Master’s and PhD students can apply to present their work-in-progress and receive feedback from established researchers. Submit a document, following the formatting in the Word template, comprised of a letter of support from your advisor followed by a 2-page research paper with 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 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.

Past editions of the xCoAx Doctoral Symposium were chaired by Frieder Nake, Philip Galanter, and Mario Klingemann. In 2019 the Doctoral Symposium chairs will be Simona Chiodo and Philip Galanter.

Portrait of Simona Chiodo

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).

Portrait of Simona Chiodo

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.

Submission Details


Registrations will open in March 2019.

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View of Duomo in Milan

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). Drive to the Eastern part of the ring (“tangenziale est”). The closest exit to xCoAx 2019’s venues is “Rubattino”.

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. In all cases, take the M2 (green) underground ("metropolitana" in Italian, ticket €1.50) to Piola, which is the closest stop to the venues of xCoAx 2019. Should your train stop in Lambrate, that is the closest train station to xCoAx.

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 the Architecture faculty of Politecnico di Milano, in Via Ampère 2, next to Piazza Leonardo da Vinci. The easiest way to reach it is with the M2 (green) underground, stop Piola. You can also take trams 19 and 33, which stop in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, or trolley buses 90 and 91, which stop in Piazza Piola, all at walking distance from the venue.

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