xCoAx 2015: 3rd International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (June 2015, Glasgow)

Dates: 25-26 June 2015
Location: Glasgow, UK
Website: http://xcoax.org/
Deadline for submissions: 18 January 2015

Computational tools and media, from traditional computers and software to the latest 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. They say “third time’s the charm”, and with such a past we could not be more excited for what’s to come.

Topics

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

Important dates

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

Additional information and submission details

* All works must be submitted via EasyChair — https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=xcoax2015
* Submissions must be original and will be rigorously reviewed by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee, in a process that will assess originality, relevance, aesthetic and technical achievements;
* Reviewing will be double-blind for papers, single-blind for artworks and performances, please omit all information about the authors in double-blind submissions;
* Papers may be up to 10 pages long, and short-papers up to 4 pages long, following the format in the Word template — http://xcoax.org/xcoax2015template.docx ;
* Artworks and performances should be accompanied by a two-page abstract formatted using the same template and by one or more URLs for access to relevant media assets;
* 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 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;
* Please contact the program chairs at info@xcoax.org with any questions regarding submissions.

Conference format

Wednesday, June 24: Opening of the exhibition, reception cocktail.
Thursday, June 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, June 25, evening: Conference dinner.
Friday, June 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, June 26, evening: Performances.
Friday, June 26, Night: Algorave.

Scientific committee

Alessandro Ludovico, Neural / Academy of Art Carrara
Alex McLean, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds
Alice Eldridge, University of Sussex
Alison Clifford, University of the West of Scotland
Álvaro Barbosa, University of Saint Joseph, Macao, China
André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Andreas Muxel, Köln International School of Design, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Andreas Zingerle
Arne Eigenfeldt, Simon Fraser University
Carlos Guedes, New York University Abu Dhabi
Chandler McWilliams, UCLA
Christian Faubel, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Cretien Van Campen, Netherlands Institute for Social Research
Cristina Sá, CITAR / School of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University in Porto
Damian Stewart
Daniel Schorno, STEIM
Diemo Schwarz, IRCAM
Francesca Pasquali, University of Bergamo
Francesco Monico, Ars Academy Research / Planetary Collegium
Francisco Cardoso Lima, Independent Artist, Aveiro
Heitor Alvelos, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
João Cordeiro, University of Saint Joseph, Macao, China
Jason Reizner, Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Jon McCormack, Monash University
Julio D’Escriván, University of Huddersfield
LIA, Artist, Vienna / FH Joanneum, Graz
Linda Kronman
Luís Gustavo Martins, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Luísa Ribas, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
Manuela Naveau, Ars Electronica
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo
Martin Kaltenbrunner, Kunstuniversität Linz
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Monty Adkins, University of Huddersfield
Nathan Wolek, Stetson University
Nicolas Makelberge, Symbio
Nina Wenhart, Linz
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
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Penousal Machado, University of Coimbra
Philip Galanter, Texas A&M University
Roxanne Leitão, The Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
Rui Torres, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto
Teresa Dillon, Independent Curator, Artist, Research & Educator
Tim Boykett, Time’s Up
Titus von der Malsburg, University of Potsdam
Thor Magnusson, University of Brighton / ixi audio

Organizing committee

André Rangel, CITAR / Portuguese Catholic University
Alison Clifford, University of the West of Scotland (Conference Chair)
Jason Reizner, Faculty of Computer Science and Languages, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
Mario Verdicchio, University of Bergamo
Miguel Carvalhais, ID+ / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto
Pedro Tudela, i2ADS / Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto

Contacts
info@xcoax.org
twitter: @xcoaxorg
http://facebook.com/xcoax.org

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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