The 43rd International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2018) will be held 5–10 August 2018 in Daegu, South Korea. ICMC 2018 will include a range of musical works, sound installations, panel discussions, workshops, keynote lectures, and oral and poster presentations of original research. Concerts will be held in the Grand Hall and in the Chamber Hall of the Daegu Concert House, equipped with eight-channel sound projection. Lectures will take place at the Daegu Art Factory, whose expansive space will also have capacity for up to 35 sound installations. The conference’s keynote speakers include composer and researcher Donoung Lee of Seoul National University and Barry Truax, composer, acoustic ecologist, and professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University.
The theme of ICMC 2018 is “Preserve, Engage, Advance,” which the organizers seek to explore through the paths of soundscape heritage and of computer music heritage. In this respect, soundscape heritage seeks to capture and preserve soundscapes through data collection, community engagement, and artistic creation. The organizers of ICMC 2018 also seek to advance computer music heritage by archiving and indexing works selected for the 2018 conference. To this end, participating artists will have the option to have their work’s media and digital artifacts permanently archived at the New York University Libraries as part of the Electro-Acoustic Music Mine project.
The 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2018) will take place 23–30 June 2018 in Durban, South Africa. The conference is organized by the Durban University of Technology (DUT), eThekwini Municipality, Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau, and The Trinity Session. It will comprise both creative works that engage with technology, including performances, artworks, and installations, and academic activities, such as presentations of peer-reviewed research papers, poster sessions, discussions, workshops, and artist talks. The conference’s theme, “Intersections,” is intended to position creative technology as an activist engagement in the public sphere as well as a tool for social critique, stressing collaboration between artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and technologists. Exploring these ideas further, the conference has four sub-themes: “hybridization and purity,” “emancipation and pain,” “spirit and flesh,” and “in between the cracks.” In conjunction with the conference’s theme, organizers have expressed preference for creative works relevant to the history and present experience of the city of Durban, the surrounding region, and Africa as a whole, including “public interventions” and site-specific works. ISEA 2018 will also incorporate Digifest, DUT’s annual festival of digital arts and design.
International Conference on Computational Creativity
On 25–29 June 2018 the ninth International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2018) will take place at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. The conference examines the art, science, philosophy, and engineering of computational systems that can be said to exhibit creative behavior. It will include oral presentations of research, demonstrations, poster presentations, and workshops related to such systems. Topics of the conference include computational paradigms for understanding creativity; metrics, frameworks, formalisms, and methodologies for the evaluation of creativity in computational systems; development and assessment of support tools for computational creativity; cognitive and psychological computational models of creativity; innovation, improvisation, and virtuosity within a computational framework; and applications that address creativity in specific creative practices. The conference will include five broad categories of papers: technical papers that pose and address a hypothesis related to creative behavior in computational systems; system description papers that detail the building and deployment of a creative computational system; papers presenting cross-disciplinary studies on the use of creative computational systems; papers presenting the application of creative software to specific creative cultures, practices, or media; and position papers.
International Faust Conference
The first International Faust Conference (IFC) will take place at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, from 17–18 July 2018. The conference will gather developers and users of the Faust audio programming language to present current projects and discuss future directions for Faust and its community. The conference will include paper presentations covering original research, technology tutorials, and artistic project reports. IFC will also feature roundtable discussions on [End Page 5] the subjects of Faust tools, digital signal processing...