deadline: 31 January 2019
Call for entries

xCoAx 2019: 7th International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X
(3-5 July 2019, Milan)Dates: 3-5 July 2019
Location: Milan, Italy

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.

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. Previous editions of xCoAx took place in Madrid in 2018, Lisbon in 2017, Bergamo in 2016 and 2013, Glasgow in 2015, and Porto in 2014.

The focus of xCoAx 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 2019 xCoAx will take place in Milan, in and around Politecnico di Milano, in the Città Studi area.

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

* Artificial Intelligence

* 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
Important dates

Submission deadline: January 31

Notifications: March 20

Registration deadline for authors: April 30

Delivery of final versions: April 30

Doctoral symposium: July 3

Exhibition opening: July 3

Conference: July 4 & 5
Submission categories
Paper: 5 to 10 pages conference paper, following the formatting in the Word template at 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 to 4 page description paper, following the formatting in the Word template at Revision of proposals will be double-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). All accepted works will be allotted 7 minutes presentation time at the conference. Artworks will be part of the exhibition, performances will be allotted a maximum of 30 minutes on stage during the performance night. The proceedings will publish an extended abstract to be provided by the authors after the conference.

Doctoral symposium: Only Master’s and PhD students can apply to present their work-in-progress and receive feedback from established researchers. Submit a document, following the formatting in the Word template at, comprised of a letter of support from your advisor followed by a 2-page research paper with 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 title of your submission should start with “DS:”, e.g. “DS: Parametrisation in Visual Art”. Revision of proposals will be single-blind. A revised version will be requested for inclusion in the proceedings after the symposium. Previous xCoAx Doctoral Symposia were chaired by Frieder Nake, Philip Galanter, and Mario Klingemann. In 2019 the Doctoral Symposium chairs will be Simona Chiodo and Philip Galanter.
Additional information and submission details

* All works must be submitted via EasyChair:

* Submissions must be original and will be rigorously reviewed by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee, in a process that will assess originality, relevance, artistic and technical achievements;

* Submissions should be presented as .pdf files with all the media files embedded or linked to online resources;

* Final versions for publication should be delivered in .docx with all the images and other media files attached as independent files;

* All images and media assets must be cleared for publication by the authors;

* At least one of the authors of each selected contribution must register to the conference before the first author registration deadline in order for the work to be published in the proceedings;

* xCoAx’s working language is English;

* xCoAx’s conference proceedings (with ISBN) will be published online;

* A selection of works will be published in a forthcoming special issue of CITAR’s Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts;

* Please contact the program chairs at with any questions regarding submissions.
Conference format

Wednesday July 3 afternoon: Doctoral symposium.

Wednesday July 3 evening: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.

Thursday July 4: Conference, keynote, performances. Presentations will be organised in panels chaired by a moderator that will lead a final discussion with authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day.

Thursday July 4 evening: Performances.

Friday July 5: 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 July 5 evening: Conference dinner.

Author registration: € 220 — before April 15th. One author per paper. Includes entry to conference, performances, and conference dinner.

Reduced registration: € 90 — Non-presenting co-authors, authors without academic affiliation, general public. Includes entry to conference and performances, and conference dinner.

Doctoral symposium: € 90 — Includes entry to conference and performances, and conference dinner.

Conference dinner: € 30 — Open to non-registered accompanying persons.

Registrations will open after the notifications of the reviews (March 2019).

Scientific committee
Adriana Sá – ESAD/CICANT
Alessandro Ludovico – Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton / Neural
Alice Eldridge – University of Sussex
André Rangel – CITAR
Andreas Broeckmann – Leuphana Arts Program, Lüneburg
Andreas Muxel – Faculty of Design at University of Applied Sciences Augsburg
Andreas Zingerle – independent artist
Andres Burbano – School of Architecture and Design, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Anne Balsamo – University of Texas at Dallas
Anneké Pettican – Department Lead Art & Communication, University of Huddersfield
Arne Eigenfeldt – Simon Fraser University
Boris Debackere – V2 / Luca School of Arts
Carlos Guedes – New York University Abu Dhabi
Chara Lewis – Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University
Christian Faubel – independent artist
Cris Arguelles – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid / ETH Zurich
Cristina Sá – CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
Dale Macdonald – University of Texas at Dallas
Daniel Schorno – STEIM
Daphne Dragona – Transmediale
David Pirrò – Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
Eduardo Roig – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Emilio López Galiacho – Universidad Nebrija / ESNE
Filipe Pais – Ensadlab, Ensad, Paris
Francisco Cardoso Lima – Independent Artist, Aveiro
Frieder Nake – University of Bremen & Hochschule für Künste Bremen
Gonzalo Pardo – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Hanns Holger Rutz – University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Heitor Alvelos – ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Irina Spicaka – CC4AV
João Cordeiro – CITAR / University of West London
Jason Reizner – Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Jon He Massey – University
Jon McCormack – Monash University
Julio D’Escriván – University Of Huddersfield
Kristin Mojsiewicz – Edinburgh College Of Art, University Of Edinburgh
Linda Kronman – independent artist
Lucía Jalón Oyarzun – Universidad Politécnica De Madrid
Luís Gustavo Martins – CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Luísa Ribas- CIEBA / Faculty Of Fine Arts, University Of Lisbon
Manuela Naveau – Ars Electronica
Mario Verdicchio – Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Martin Kaltenbrunner – Kunstuniversität Linz
Miguel Carvalhais – INESC TEC / Faculty Of Fine Arts, University Of Porto
Mitchell Whitelaw – College Of Arts And Social Sciences, Australian National University
Mona Kasra – University Of Virginia
Nathan Wolek – Stetson University
Nuno N. Correia – University Of Greenwich
Patrícia João Reis – University Of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, Department Of Digital Arts
Paulo Ferreira Lopes – Portuguese Catholic University, School Of Arts
Pedro Cardoso – INESC TEC / Faculty Of Fine Arts, University Of Porto
Penousal Machado – University Of Coimbra
Philip Galanter – Texas A&M University
Ricardo Melo – CEOS.PP / Polytechnic Of Porto. Porto Accounting And Business School
Rodrigo Hernández-Ramírez – Instituto de Arte, Design e Empresa (IADE)
Rosemary Lee – IT-University Copenhagen
Roxanne Leitão – Central Saint Martins, University Of The Arts London
Rui Penha – INESC TEC / Feup
Rui Torres – Electronic Literature Organization / Faculty Of Human And Social Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto
Samuel Van Ransbeeck – UCP/CITAR
Sophie-Carolin Wagner – Austrian National Library / RIAT
Shusha Niederberguer – House Of Electronic Arts Basel
Tim Boykett – Time’s Up
Titus Von Der Malsburg – Department Of Linguistics, University Of Potsdam
Thor Magnusson – University Of Sussex / Ixi Audio
Valentina Nisi – University Of Madeira
Valentina Vuksic – Zurich University of the Arts
Victoria Bradbury – University Of North Carolina, Asheville
Organizing committee

André Rangel – CITAR
Jason Reizner – Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Luísa Ribas – CIEBA / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
Mario Verdicchio – Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Chair)
Miguel Carvalhais – INESC TEC / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Local organizing committee
Marco Santambrogio – Politecnico di Milano / NECTS, iDRESD
Sara Notargiacomo – Politecnico di Milano / NECTS, iDRESD