2nd AISB Symposium on Music, Arts and Unconventional Computing at 2015 Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (SSAISB)

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

20-22 April, 2015

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Art and life are driven by process. Science and computation are driven by results. Research into unconventional, or nature-inspired computing aims to uncover novel principles of efficient information processing and computation in physical, chemical and biological systems, to develop novel non-standard algorithms and computing architectures, and also to implement conventional algorithms in non-silicon, or wet substrates. Where is the boundary between animate and artificial, between real and imaginary in artistic works? How does art contribute to computation? Where is computation in life and arts? The workshop brings together topics of artificial intelligence, generative and audiovisual media, tangibility and interactivity, and bio-inspired algorithms. We invite artists, designers, scientists and engineers who create art works using chemical, physical and living computing substrates and artists coming from cutting-edge fields of research and art production that focuses on creating aesthetic experiences, interactive or collaborative aspects for visitors. We aim to bring together Renaissance epoch presenters: the scientists who are artists, and the artists who are inspired by computational sciences. We see the potential impacts of the workshop in the advancement of artificial intelligence, unconventional computation, design of efficient tools and algorithms for creative works in arts and music inspired by spatio-temporal dynamical processes in natural systems, novel wetware/hardware implementations for digital and social media musical and art platforms.

The Symposium is part of the AISB Convention 2015 which will be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK from 20-22 April 2015, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (http://www.aisb.org.uk/news/150-aisb15).

Topics of interest

Since this is an emerging field, the organizers do not wish to prescribe a limited topic of interest. We welcome proposals addressing questions such as:

• How can we make music and art works with unconventional modes of computation?

• Is there any advantage of using unconventional computation (UC) in arts and music as opposed to conventional architectures?

• Are there any particular creative works that could be performed with UC better than with conventional computers?

• Can we go beyond mere application of UC in music and arts and build a art-creation machines that would be able to perform actual computations?

• What might the field UC benefit from using music and arts as a domain for research into new modes of computations?

• What would artists and musicians gain from a better understanding of UC?


  • Andrew Adamatzky (UWE, UK), http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/
  • Eduardo Miranda (Plymouth Uni, UK), http://neuromusic.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/


  • Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany)
  • Frederik De Wilde (Transmedia Brussels and University of Hasselt. Belgium)

Programme committee

  • Martyn Amos, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Rachel Armstrong (UK)
  • Tetsuya Asai (Univ of Hokkaido, Japan)
  • Peter Beyls (St Lukas University College of Art and Design, Belgium)
  • Tim Blackwel (Goldsmith College, UK)
  • Edward Braund (University of Plymouth, UK)
  • Cristian S. Calude (Univ of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Barry S. Cooper (Univ of Leeds, UK)
  • Louis-Philippe Demers (France)
  • Francesca Ferrando (Italy/US)
  • Susanne Jaschko (Germany)
  • Jeff Jones (UWE, Bristol, UK)
  • Jim Gimzewski (UCLA, USA)
  • Yukio Gunji (Univ of Kobe, Japan)
  • Alexis Kirke (University of Plymouth, UK)
  • Genaro Martinez (UNAM, Mexico)
  • Jon McCormack (Monash University, Australia)
  • Jonathan W. Mills (Indiana University, USA)
  • Gerhard Nierhaus (Univ für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz)
  • Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum, US)
  • Simon Park (Univ Surrey, UK)
  • Ferdinand Peper (NICT, Japan)
  • Vladimir Privman (Clarkson University, USA)
  • Andrew Schumann (University of Information and Technology, Rzeszow, Poland)
  • Susan Stepney (University of York, UK)
  • Yasuhiro Suzuki (Univ of Nagoya, Japan)
  • Christof Teuscher (Portland State University, USA)
  • Duncan Williams (University of Plymouth, UK)


Journals: The Workshop proceeding will be published as a standalone volume (if appropriate) and proposed as special Journal issues to Leonardo, The Journal of Arts, Science and Technology. Papers related to computation could be considered for publication in Int J Unconventional Computing.
Book: Assuming we will have enough high quality contributions we will prepared a collection of chapters to be published as a stand alone volume “Arts, Music, Computation”.