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xCoAx 2019 : xCoAx 2019: 7th International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X


When Jul 3, 2019 - Jul 5, 2019
Where Milan, Italy
Submission Deadline Jan 31, 2019
Notification Due Mar 20, 2019
Final Version Due Apr 30, 2019
Categories    aesthetics   computation   X   digital art

Call For Papers

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

Dates: 3-5 July 2019
Location: Milan, Italy

Submission deadline: 31 January 2019

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 to 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


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