5th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
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.
- Wednesday 5, afternoon: Doctoral symposium.
- Wednesday 5, evening: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
- Thursday 6: Conference, keynote, performances. 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.
- Thursday 6, evening: Performances.
- Friday 7: 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 7, evening: Conference dinner.
- Friday 7, night: Closing party.
Keynote: 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
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.
- Submission deadline: 29 January 2017
- Extended submission deadline: 12 February
- Notifications: 20 March
- Registration deadline for first authors: 30 April
- Delivery of final versions for publication: 30 April
- Doctoral symposium: 5 July
- Exhibition opening: 5 July
- Conference: 6-7 July
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
- 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: 3-4 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.
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
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.
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.
- Author registration: € 165 — before April 18th. One author per paper. Includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner.
- Reduced registration: € 55 — Non-presenting co-authors, authors without academic affiliation, general public. Includes entry to conference and performances, does not include conference dinner.
- Doctoral symposium: € 75 — 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
- Alessandro Ludovico Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton / Neural
- Alex McLean FoAM Kernow
- Alice Eldridge University of Sussex
- Alison Clifford University of the West of Scotland
- Álvaro Barbosa University of Saint Joseph, Macao
- André Rangel CITAR
- Andreas Broeckmann Leuphana Arts Program, Lüneburg
- Andreas Muxel Köln International School of Design, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
- Anne Balsamo University of Texas at Dallas
- Arne Eigenfeldt Simon Fraser University
- Carlos Guedes New York University Abu Dhabi
- Christian Faubel Academy of Media Arts Cologne
- Cristina Sá CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
- Dale MacDonald University of Texas at Dallas
- Daniel Schorno STEIM
- Diemo Schwarz IRCAM
- Filipe Pais> Ensadlab, Ensad, Paris
- Francesca Pasquali University of Bergamo
- Francisco Cardoso Lima Independent Artist, Aveiro
- Frieder Nake University of Bremen & Hochschule für Künste Bremen
- 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 Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Jingyin He Yale-NUS College
- Jon McCormack Monash University
- Julio D'Escriván University of Huddersfield
- Luís Gustavo Martins CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
- Luísa Ribas ID+ / CIEBA / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
- Manuela Naveau Ars Electronica
- Mario Verdicchio University of Bergamo
- Martin Kaltenbrunner Kunstuniversität Linz
- Miguel Carvalhais INESC TEC / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
- Mitchell Whitelaw Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra
- Mona Kasra University of Virginia
- Monty Adkins University of Huddersfield
- Nathan Wolek Stetson University
- Nuno N. Correia Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
- 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
- Penousal Machado University of Coimbra
- Philip Galanter Texas A&M University
- Rogério Taveira CIEBA / FBAUL
- 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
- Shusha Niederberguer House of Electronic Arts Basel
- Simone Ashby Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
- Susan Grabowski compArt, University of Bremen
- Titus von der Malsburg University of Potsdam
- Valentina Nisi University of Madeira
- Valentina Vuksic Zurich University of the Arts
Local Organizing Committee
- Luísa Ribas
- Rogério Taveira
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.