• xCoAx 2015
  • Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
  • 25-26 June
  • Glasgow

About xCoAx

Computational tools and media, like computers, programs, wearable artifacts, sensors, haptic interfaces and more, have dramatically transformed the landscape of arts, design, and several other cultural forms.

xCoAx is an exploration of this environment in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is meant as a hub for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of interdisciplinary and international synergies, with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians working on the frontiers of digital arts and culture.

Our focus has always been on critical and stimulating intersections: between the computable and the uncomputable, the communicable and the incommunicable, the chaos of creativity and the rules of algorithms, the human and the machine, in a constant search for new directions in aesthetics.

The trail-blazing first edition of xCoAx took place in Bergamo, Italy in 2013 and was followed by an even richer 2014 edition in Porto, Portugal. The Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts has published a special issue with selected extended papers from 2014. They say “third time’s the charm”, and with such a past we could not be more excited for what’s to come.

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The conference program is now online.

  • Wednesday 24 Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
  • Thursday 25 Conference and keynote. Presentations will be organized in panels chaired by a moderator that will lead a final discussion with authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day and a conference dinner will follow.
  • Friday 26 Conference panels and short-paper session. Artworks and performances presentations. Presentations and discussion will be organized in the afternoon, networking authors and audience.
  • Friday 26, evening Performances.
  • Friday 26, night Algorave.


Author registration: £100before April 24th (one author per paper; includes entry to performances and algorave, does not include conference dinner) — Register here.

Reduced registration: £25 — (non-presenting co-authors of papers, authors of short-papers, authors of artworks and performances, general public; includes entry to performances and algorave, does not include conference dinner) — Register here.

Conference dinner: £30 (not included in the registration, also open to non-registered accompanying persons). Register for the conference dinner here.

Scientific Committee

  • Alessandro Ludovico Neural / Academy of Art Carrara
  • Alex McLean Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds
  • Alice Eldridge University of Sussex
  • Alison Clifford University of the West of Scotland
  • Álvaro Barbosa University of Saint Joseph, Macao
  • André Rangel
  • Andreas Muxel Köln International School of Design, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
  • Andreas Zingerle University of Art and Design, Linz
  • Arne Eigenfeldt Simon Fraser University
  • Bongkeum Jeong m-iti — Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
  • Carlos Guedes New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Chandler McWilliams UCLA
  • Christian Faubel Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Cristina Sá CITAR / School of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University in Porto
  • Damian Stewart Artist, Vienna
  • Daniel Schorno STEIM
  • Diemo Schwarz IRCAM
  • Francesca Pasquali University of Bergamo
  • Francisco Cardoso Lima Independent Artist, Aveiro
  • Graeme Truslove University of the West of Scotland
  • Heitor Alvelos ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • João Cordeiro CITAR, University of Saint Joseph, Macao
  • Jason Reizner Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  • Jon McCormack Monash University
  • Julio D'Escriván University of Huddersfield
  • Ken Neil The Glasgow School of Art
  • LIA Artist, Vienna / FH Joanneum, Graz
  • Linda Kronman Danube University Krems
  • Luís Gustavo Martins CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
  • Luísa Ribas ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
  • Manuela Naveau Ars Electronica
  • Mario Verdicchio University of Bergamo
  • Matthew Aylett Royal Society Research Fellow, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Miguel Carvalhais ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • Miguel Leal i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • Mitchell Whitelaw Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
  • Monty Adkins University of Huddersfield
  • Nathan Wolek Stetson University
  • Nicolas Makelberge Symbio
  • Pablo Garcia School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Paulo Ferreira Lopes Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
  • Pedro Cardoso ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • Pedro Tudela i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • Penousal Machado University of Coimbra
  • Philip Galanter Texas A&M University
  • Roxanne Leitão The Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Rui Torres Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto
  • Simone Ashby m-iti — Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
  • Teresa Dillon Independent Curator, Artist, Research & Educator
  • Tim Boykett Time's Up
  • Titus von der Malsburg University of Potsdam
  • Thor Magnusson University of Sussex / ixi audio
  • Valentina Nisi University of Madeira
  • Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez University of Glasgow

Organizing Committee


Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow

Situated on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city. It is a cultured, vibrant and dynamic place with its inhabitants (Glaswegians) noted for their friendliness, humour, hospitality and generosity of spirit. Glasgow is a distinctly cosmopolitan city boasting beautiful architecture, a world-class art and live-music scene, and some of the finest museums in the UK.

Located within half an hour of some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, Glasgow was named as one of the top ten must see cities in the world by Lonely Planet.

Travel to Glasgow

Glasgow’s international airport (IATA code: GLA) is served by several airlines (including major carriers as well as low-cost airlines) that connect it to many European cities and major hubs. If you fly to Glasgow, the city center can be accessed by bus in less than 30 minutes. A short bus trip also connects Glasgow to the Edinburgh airport (EDI).

The Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's website has a series of pages with useful information for travelers and tourists.

Where to Stay

In the center of Glasgow you can find a large choice of Hotels, Hostels and B&Bs, many of them at walking distance from xCoAx's venues, ranging from 2-star hotels (Ibis), 3-star (Mercure, Holiday Inn Express), 4-star (Premier Inn, Thistle, Jurys Inn, Holiday Inn, Millennium) and 5-star (Radisson Blu).