The proceedings of xCoAx 2016, the fourth conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X, are now available at 2016.xcoax.org. Edited by Mario Verdicchio, Alison Clifford, André Rangel & Miguel Carvalhais. Designed by Maria Fernandes. ISBN 978-989-746-094-4. 412 pages.
My paper with Pedro Cardoso, “What Then Happens When Interaction is Not Possible: The Virtuosic Interpretation of Ergodic Artifacts” has been published in the special issue of the Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts dedicated to xCoAx 2015. The issue was edited by Allison Clifford, André Rangel, and Mario Verdicchio, and also includes works by Rodrigo Hernández-Ramírez, Nicole Koltick, Christian Faubel, Katharina Vones, Emilia Sosnowska, and Peter Beyls, Gilberto Bernardes, and Marcelo Caetano. It’s open access at http://artes.ucp.pt/citarj/
Procedural systems allow unique modes of authorship and singular aesthetic experiences. As creators and users of these systems, we need to be aware that their aesthetic potential is not solely defined by interaction but that interpretation, and the capacity to understand and simulate the processes taking place within these artefacts is highly significant. This paper argues that although direct interaction is usually the most discernible component in the relationship between ergodic artefacts and their users, ergodicity does not necessarily imply interaction. Non-interactive procedural artefacts may allow the development of ergodic experiences through interpretation, and the probing of the system by its reader through simulations. We try to set the grounds for designing towards virtuosic interpretation, an activity that we may describe as the ergodic experience developed by means of mental simulation through the development of theories of systems.
The proceedings of xCoAx 2015, the Third Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X are now available at 2015.xcoax.org.
The Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts, published by the Portuguese Catholic University in Porto, has just released its special issue with a selected set of extended papers from the xCoAx 2014 conference. The issue includes works from Victoria Bradbury; Hanna Schraffenberger & Edwin van der Heide; ginger coons; Luísa Ribas; Monty Adkins; Arne Eigenfeldt, Miles Thorogood, Jim Bizzocchi & Philippe Pasquier; Andres Wanner; Adriana Sa, Baptiste Caramiaux & Atau Tanaka; and José Alberto Gomes et al. It’s open access at http://artes.ucp.pt/citarj/issue/view/6/
xCoAx 2015 is set to happen in the amazing city of Glasgow next June, with Alison Clifford as the Conference Chair. The call for papers, artworks and performances is now open until January 18 at xcoax.org.
The proceedings of xCoAx 2014, the Second Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X are now available at 2014.xcoax.org