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xCoAx 2020 : xCoAx 2020: 8th International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X

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Link: http://xcoax.org
 
When Jul 8, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020
Where Graz, Austria
Submission Deadline Feb 16, 2020
Notification Due Mar 23, 2020
Final Version Due May 3, 2020
Categories    aesthetics   computation   interaction   digital art
 

Call For Papers

**xCoAx 2020: 8th International Conference on**
**Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X**

8-10 July 2020, Graz, Austria

**Extended submission deadline: 16 February 2020**

http://xcoax.org/

**Call for papers, artworks, performances**

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 for interdisciplinary synergies among computer
scientists, artists, media practitioners, and theoreticians at the
thresholds between digital arts and culture. Starting in 2013 in
Bergamo, xCoAx has so far taken place also in Porto, Glasgow, Lisbon,
Madrid, and Milan.

The focus of xCoAx is on the unpredictable overlaps between the freedom
of creativity and the rules of algorithms, between human nature and
machine technology, with the aim to evolve towards new directions in
aesthetics.

In 2020 xCoAx will take place in Graz, Austria, directly adjoining the
symposium Algorithms That Matter (ALMAT). On the two days preceding
xCoAx, ALMAT gathers artists and researchers to present and discuss the
relations between algorithmic agency and artistic research, the practice
of algorithmic experimentation and its impact on compositional process.
ALMAT has issued a separate call for participation (
https://almat.iem.at/symposium.html ) and reduced combi-tickets will be
available for xCoAx + ALMAT.

xCoAx 2020 calls for papers, artworks, performances and research
works-in-progress by scholars, artists, performers and students,
respectively, working on any of the multi-disciplinary facets of this
event, which will take over Graz for 3 days, starting July 8th 2020, at
the following venues:

- the CUBE at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustic of the
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
- Forum Stadtpark at the centre of the main city park
- Grazer Kunstverein on the ground floor of the historic Palais
Trautmansdorff in the centre of Graz
- Orchestersaal and the Ligeti Hall of the MUMUTH, the House of Music
and Music Drama.

xCoAx 2020’s keynote speakers are the philosopher of technology Yuk Hui
and new media artist Špela Petrič.

**Topics**

You are invited to submit theoretical, practical or experimental
research work in the form of papers, artworks, and performances, on a
range of topics that includes but is not limited to the following:

- 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 - extended: February 16
- Notifications: March 23 [papers], March 30 [artworks and performances]
- Registration deadline for authors: May 3
- Delivery of final versions: May 3
- Doctoral symposium: July 8
- Exhibition opening, opening cocktail, performances: July 8
- Performances at the Ligeti Hall: July 9
- Conference and exhibition: July 9 & 10

**Submission categories**
**Papers**

5 to 10 pages conference paper, following the formatting in the Word
template at http://xcoax.org/xCoAx_2020_Paper_Template.docx
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 in the
Orchestersaal in the MUMUTH.

**Doctoral Symposium Abstracts**

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
http://xcoax.org/xCoAx_2020_DoctoralSymposium_Template.docx , 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.
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, Mario Klingemann,
Philip Galanter, and Simona Chiodo. The Doctoral Symposium will take
place in the Cube at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustic of
the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

**Artworks**

3 to 4 page description paper, following the formatting in the Word
template at http://xcoax.org/xCoAx_2020_Artwork_Performance_Template.docx
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).
The acceptance of artworks will not only depend on reviews, but also on
their technical requirements. xCoAx has a limited budget, mainly based
on the registration fees. Works that require excessive resources on
xCoAx’s part may not be accepted. It is fundamental that the proponents
are ready to bring their own equipment and minimize their reliance on
the xCoAx organization.
All accepted works will be allotted 5 minutes presentation time at the
conference in the Orchestersaal in the MUMUTH. Artworks will be part of
the exhibition at the Kunstverein and the Forum Stadtpark. The
proceedings will publish an extended abstract to be provided by the
authors after the conference.

**Performances**

3 to 4 page description paper, following the formatting in the Word
template at http://xcoax.org/xCoAx_2020_Artwork_Performance_Template.docx
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).
The acceptance of artworks will not only depend on reviews, but also on
their technical requirements. xCoAx has a limited budget, mainly based
on the registration fees. Works that require excessive resources on
xCoAx’s part may not be accepted. It is fundamental that the proponents
are ready to bring their own equipment and minimize their reliance on
the xCoAx organization.
All accepted works will be allotted 5 minutes presentation time at the
conference in the Orchestersaal in the MUMUTH. Performances will be
allotted a maximum of 20 minutes on stage during the performance night
at the Forum Stadtpark. The proceedings will publish an extended
abstract to be provided by the authors after the conference.

**Special call for performances at the Ligeti Hall**

The Ligeti Hall is KUG's main concert stage, equipped with
state-of-the-art technology for sound and video projection. In
particular, the hall provides a system of 32 loudspeakers mounted on
independent, custom made motorised suspensions, which allow to adjust
height level, azimuth angle and tilt of each individual speaker and to
compose custom speaker layouts. Further, an array of 64 speakers spans
the hall's entire ceiling and upper walls.
This is a call for works which are especially tailored towards the
Ligeti Hall's special infrastructure and its possible aesthetic
implication. In particular, we seek contributions with a strong
experimental and electroacoustic character that challenge common and
established approaches to sound on multichannel setups. Further
information regarding this special call can be found here:
https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/700387/700388
Submissions to this category should follow the same formal
specifications as detailed for the performances categories.

**Additional information and submission details**

- All works must be submitted via EasyChair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=xcoax2020
- 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
with free access;
- A selection of works will be published in a forthcoming special issue
of CITAR’s Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts
(http://artes.ucp.pt/citarj/);
- Please contact the program chairs at info@xcoax.org with any questions
regarding submissions.

**Conference format**

- Wednesday July 8 afternoon: Doctoral symposium
- Wednesday July 8 evening: Opening of the exhibition, reception
cocktail, performances.
- Thursday July 9: Conference, keynote. Presentations will be organised
in panels chaired by a moderator. A guest keynote will close the day.
- Thursday July 9 evening: Performances at the Ligeti Hall.
- Friday July 10: Conference, keynote, artworks and performances
session. Further paper panels will be held in the morning, while the
afternoon will be dedicated to presentations on artworks and
performances. A second keynote address will close the day.
- Friday July 10 evening: Conference dinner.

**Registration**

- Author registration: € 220 — Before May 3rd. 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.
- ALMAT discount: € 30 — Add this to your ticket, and in addition to
xCoAx you will also be registered for the Algorithms that Matter
symposium (06–07 July 2020) at a discounted price.
- Registrations will open after the notifications of the reviews (March
2020).

**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
Cristina Sá - CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts
Dale Macdonald - University of Texas at Dallas
Daniel Irrgang - Weizenbaum Institute / Berlin University of the Arts
Daniel Schorno - STEIM
David Pirrò - Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of
Music and Performing Arts, Graz
Filipe Pais - Ensadlab, Ensad, Paris
Francisco Cardoso Lima - Independent Artist, Aveiro
Frieder Nake - University of Bremen & Hochschule für Künste Bremen
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
Kristin Mojsiewicz - Edinburgh College Of Art, University Of Edinburgh
Linda Kronman - independent artist
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
Max Hampshire - Independent Researcher & Artist
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 - Hochschule Mainz
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 Niederberger - House Of Electronic Arts Basel
Tim Boykett - Time's Up
Thor Magnusson - University Of Sussex / Ixi Audio
Valentina Nisi - University Of Madeira
Valentina Vuksic - Zurich University of the Arts
Winnie Soon - Department of Digital Design at Aarhus University

**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
Miguel Carvalhais - INESC TEC / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto

**Local organizing committee**

David Pirrò - Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of
Music and Performing Arts Graz
Hanns Holger Rutz - Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics,
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Daniele Pozzi - Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, University
of Music and Performing Arts Graz

**Contacts**

info@xcoax.org
http://xcoax.org
https://twitter.com/xcoaxorg
http://facebook.com/xcoax.org
https://www.instagram.com/xcoaxorg/

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