• xCoAx 2014:
  • Computation
  • Communication
  • Aesthetics
  • and X

About xCoAx

The development of computational tools and media has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of the arts, of design and of numerous cultural manifestations. Recognizing this, xCoAx is designed as a multi-disciplinary enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of new and valuable synergies. It is an event exploring the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians, with a focus on the relations between what can and cannot be computed, what can and cannot be communicated, what is beautiful and how humans and computational systems intersect in the development of new directions in aesthetics.

The first edition of xCoAx took place in 2013 in Bergamo, Italy. The 37 works presented — selected from a total of 114 submissions from 28 countries — are compiled in the proceedings book, available at 2013.xcoax.org.

xCoAx 2014 logo

Important Dates

  • 31 December 2013 submission deadline
  • 19 January 2014 deadline extension
  • 16 March 2014 notifications
  • 16 April 2014 early registration for authors
  • 16 April 2014 delivery of final versions
  • 25 June 2014 opening cocktail
  • 26 & 27 June 2014 conference


Day one: Conference and keynote at Biblioteca Almeida Garrett. All presentations will be organized in panels chaired by a moderator that will sum up the presentations and lead a final discussion with authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day.

Day two, morning: Conference at Biblioteca Almeida Garrett.

Day two, afternoon: Artworks, demos, poster presentations and exhibition. Artworks, demos and posters will be exhibited at Axa. Presentations and discussion will be organized throughout the afternoon, networking authors and audience.

Day two, evening: Performances at the unique space of the Monastery of São Bento da Vitória in Porto.

Day two, night: Algorave at Passos Manuel. The program will close with an Algorave club event, a dance party where algorithms are foregrounded.


  • Author registration: 100€before April 16th 2014 (for one author per accepted work, includes conference dinner)
  • Reduced registration: 25€before May 30th (for non-presenting co-authors of an already registered first author and for the general public; does not include conference dinner)
  • Late author registration: 150€ — after April 17th 2014 (includes conference dinner)
  • Conference dinner: 25€ (also open to non-registered accompanying persons)
  • Register online at xcoax.org/registration.php.

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, China
  • André Rangel CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
  • Andreas Muxel Köln International School of Design, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
  • Arne Eigenfeldt Simon Fraser University
  • Carlos Guedes New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Chandler McWilliams UCLA
  • Christian Faubel Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Christoph Illing sinuous.de
  • Cretien Van Campen Netherlands Institute for Social Research
  • Cristina Sá CITAR / School of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University in Porto
  • Daniel Schorno STEIM
  • Diemo Schwarz IRCAM
  • Francesca Pasquali University of Bergamo
  • Francesco Monico Ars Academy Research / Planetary Collegium
  • Francisco Cardoso Lima Independent Artist, Aveiro
  • Heitor Alvelos ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
  • João Cordeiro University of Saint Joseph, Macao, China
  • Jason Reizner Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  • Jon McCormack Monash University
  • Julio D'Escriván University of Huddersfield
  • Kasia Glowicka Royal Conservatory Brussels
  • Ken Rinaldo The Ohio State University
  • LIA Artist, Vienna / FH Joanneum, Graz
  • Luís Gustavo Martins CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
  • Luís Sarmento Seattle
  • Luísa Ribas ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
  • Manuela Naveau Ars Electronica
  • Mario Verdicchio University of Bergamo
  • Martin Kaltenbrunner Kunstuniversität Linz
  • Maude Bonenfant Département de Communication Sociale et Publique, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • 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
  • Nina Wenhart Linz
  • Nina Waisman Lucas Artists’ Program Visual Arts Fellow
  • 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
  • Saskia Bakker Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Teresa Dillon Independent Curator, Artist, Research & Educator
  • Tim Boykett Time's Up
  • Titus von der Malsburg University of Potsdam
  • Thor Magnusson University of Brighton / ixi audio

Organizing Committee


A view of Porto

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, located in the Northwest of the country in the estuary of the Douro River. Porto's urban area is the home to around 1.3 million inhabitants and to the largest University in the country.

Porto's vibrant city center is one of the oldest in Europe and was classified as a World Heritage Site.

Travel to Porto

Porto’s international airport (IATA code: OPO) is served by several airlines (including major carriers as well as low-costs as Ryanair and Easyjet) that connect it to many European cities and major hubs as Frankfurt, London, Paris or Madrid. If you fly to Porto, the city center can be accessed by Metro in less than 30 minutes with a ticket of 1,80€. Porto is also connected by train to Lisbon (and several other cities on the Portuguese coast) and to the Northwest of Spain.

Where to stay

In the center of Porto you can find a large choice of Hotels, Hostels and B&Bs. The end of June is usually a busy time for tourism — also due to city festivities on June 23 — so, be sure to book early.