• 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.

xCoAx 2015 logo

Important Dates

  • 1 October 2014 Submissions open
  • 18 January 2015 Submission deadline
  • 31 January 2015 Extended deadline for submissions
  • 14 March 2015 Notifications
  • 14 April 2015 Registration deadline for first authors
  • 14 April 2015 Delivery of final versions for publication
  • 24 June 2015 Exhibition opening
  • 25 & 26 June 2015 Conference


  • 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.
  • Thursday 25, evening Conference dinner.
  • 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.


You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental research work that includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Computation
  • Communication
  • Aesthetics
  • X
  • Algorithms / Systems / Models
  • Artificial Aesthetics
  • Audiovisuals / Multimodality
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Interaction
  • Games
  • Generative Art / Design
  • History
  • Mechatronics / Physical Computing
  • Music / Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Philosophy of Art / of Computation
  • Technology / Ethics / Epistemology


  • Author registration: £100before April 14th 2015 (one author per paper)
  • Reduced registration: £25before May 30th (non-presenting co-authors of papers, authors of short-papers, authors of artworks and performances, general public)
  • Conference dinner: £30 (not included in the registration, also open to non-registered accompanying persons)
  • Registrations open in March 2015.

Scientific Committee

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).