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5th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X

6–7 July
Lisboa, Portugal

The xCoAx 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.

Since 2013, 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.

The focus 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 2017 xCoAx will take place for the first time in Lisbon, in and around the Faculty of Fine Arts, right in the heart of the city center in Chiado.


The xCoAx program is now online.

Keynote: Olia Lialina

Portrait of Olia Lialina

Moscow-born, German-based artist Olia Lialina has, for the past two decades, produced many influential works of network-based art: My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (1996), Agatha Appears (1997), First Real Net Art Gallery (1998), and Last Real Net Art Museum (2000), Online Newspapers (2004-2013) Summer (2013), best.effort.network (2015). She is a professor at Merz Akademie in Germany. Lialina writes on digital culture, net art and web vernacular. She is an Animated GIF model and co-founder of Geocities Research Institute.

Keynote: Penousal Machado

Portrait of Penousal Machado

Penousal Machado is the coordinator of the Cognitive and Media Systems group and the scientific director of the Computational Design and Visualization Lab. of the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra.  His research interests include Nature-Inspired Computation, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Creativity, Computational Art and Design. He is the author of more than 100 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas, chair of several scientific events, and member of the Programme Committee of numerous conferences. He is also the recipient of scientific awards, including the prestigious EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evolutionary Computation in Europe and the award for Excellence and Merit in Artificial Intelligence granted by the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. Recently, his work was featured in the Leonardo journal, Wired, and included in the Talk to me exhibition of MoMA, NY.

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: 3-4 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). Accepted works will be allotted 7 minutes presentation time at the conference. 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. Revision of proposals will be single-blind. The proceedings will publish a revised research paper to be provided by the authors 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.

Chairs: Frieder Nake & Philip Galanter

Portrait of Frieder Nake

Frieder Nake is a mathematician, computer scientist, critic of artificial intelligence, and pioneer of digital art. He teaches at the University of Bremen and University of the Arts, Bremen. He loves algorithmics and art and both together.

Portrait of Philip Galanter

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 research includes the 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.


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View of Lisboa

Lisboa (Lisbon) is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, and the westernmost capital of continental Europe, built on seven hills located along the northern bank of the river Tejo (Tagus) as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. As one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, it is known by its rich history and culture, along with its importance in commerce, arts, education and tourism. Its easy-going charm makes it a popular year-round destination, where contemporary culture is thriving along with historical heritage.

At the very heart of Lisbon, the Chiado district is one of the most important cultural areas of the city, with several museums and theatres, as well as some of Europe’s oldest bookshops and famous cafes. Chiado is where the main venue of xCoAx is located, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, the former Convent of Saint Francis (Convento de São Francisco). It’s surrounded by other iconic neighborhoods such as Bairro Alto, Bica, Santa Catarina, Baixa, Alfama, and the new trending zones developing along the historical center and by the river. Lisbon’s international airport is only 8 km from the city center, which can be accessed by metro (at Baixa-Chiado).

Travel to Lisboa

Lisboa Portela Airport, (IATA code: LIS) is the main international gateway to Portugal. Most airlines use Terminal 1, including TAP Portugal and its Star Alliance partners. Terminal 2 is mainly used by low-cost carriers (namely Ryanair and EasyJet) and can be reached with a free shuttle service from outside Terminal 1, near the metro and bus stops.

Lisbon airport is served by the metro, at the Terminal 1 arrivals area. The metro red line connects to other subway lines every 6 to 9 minutes, from 06:30 to 01:00 daily and is the cheapest option to get to the city center (Baixa-Chiado) although it takes a change of line and around 40 minutes. One of the quickest options the Taxi, which takes around 20 to 40 minutes, and €10 to €20, depending on the traffic situation.

Where to Stay

Lisbon offers a wide selection of Hotels, Hostels and B&Bs, around the historical center, all of them advertised on the best-known hotel booking websites. Although Chiado can be one of the most visited places, you can easily find accommodation in the adjacent areas at a walking distance from the Faculty of Fine-Arts, at Largo da Academia de Belas-Artes.