Current open Call for Papers:

- Open Call for audiovisual essay submissions (always open)
- Audible (Art): The invisible connections between sound, music, and sound art. (until November 30, 2020)


Audible (Art): The invisible connections between sound, music, and sound art.
Deadline: November 30, 2020
Editors:  José Alberto Gomes, Miguel Carvalhais, Henrique Portovedo

This special issue of CITAR’s Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts is especially devoted to artistic expression through sound.

Musical arguments characterize the sound network richness through representational signals that need to be interpreted. Since the 1970s, the singularity impulse of the moment in music has shaped new paths and disciplines with its new grammars and wills. Art through sound, as a practice, takes advantage, describes, analyzes, executes and interrogates the condition of the sound and the processes by which it operates. Thus, any remaining musical argument is negated by a predominant extravagance of unintentionality, multiplicity, silence or noise. At the same time, the role of technology in this evolution is undeniable. The development and use of computational tools and media have become a constant and the majority of the art through sound is affected by it, in a symbiosis with technology that radically transforms the landscape for the practice of the arts.

As explored in Sonic Warfare by Steve Goodman, sound today represents much more than a musical element or even an acoustic and physical phenomenon. Travels through philosophy, science, fiction, aesthetics, popular culture. It can be deployed to produce discomfort, express a threat when at the same time, artists and musicians use it in the search for new aesthetic experiences and new ways of mobilizing bodies in rhythm. For this special issue of the JSTA, the guest editors intend to address sound as a bundle of practices that can either arise from, lead to, or use sound as a tool of world building in politics, philosophy, geography, engineering, poetry, ecology, architecture, design and arts.

We seek articles by sound artists, musicians, performers, computer scientists, new media artists, researchers and theorists from different backgrounds and geographies in order to build a comprehensive profile of sound, music and sound art in contemporary culture.

Hot Topics:
Audio Cultures
Auditory Perception
Sound and Architecture
Sonic Arts
Sonic Politics
Sound and Culture
Sound and Performance
Sound Sculptures

(Image: Comparison of the human ear with ears of various animals (detail) by Athanasius Kircher. 1650)


Open Call for audiovisual essay submissions (always open)

JSTA aims to create a conceptual discussion around the audiovisual essay, not only as a creative process but also as a pedagogical and academic tool, to generate concepts and criteria for evaluation and scientific consideration. (Please see a version of our first audiovisual essay here). 

Therefore, JSTA is open to submissions of original audiovisual essays made with films, excerpts and other moving images. Works can have up to 15 minutes and should provide original insights in areas such as film and audiovisual studies; media studies; contemporary art; social sciences. Works submitted should not have been proposed to any other academic publication, despite the possibility of dissemination in other circuits. The call will not be restricted to academic practitioners but the process of evaluation will follow its procedures.

Each audiovisual essay should be accompanied by a research statement by the author (up to 1500 words), articulating research aims and the process of work. Each work will be submitted to an open peer-review process, in which audiovisual essay and author’s statement will be published alongside the reviewers’ critical evaluations of the work. After the submission acceptance, the author will be asked to provide a printable version of the audiovisual essay (selecting around 20 frames of the original work).

Submissions should have:
- a video file (MP4, with H264 codec), no longer than 15 minutes and with less than 500 Mb,
- a word document with the research statement (up to 1500 words). 

Possible working topics:
-The use of sound in mise-en-scène;
-Cinema and technology;
-Poetics of time and space;
-Movement, ambience and colour;
-Editing based film criticism;
-The history of cinema and its rhymes;
-Gestures and techniques of the audiovisual essay;
-Desktop cinema;
-The intersection of film and visual arts;
-New paths of contemporary cinema;
-Films inside films and cinematic universe clashes;
-Audiovisual essay as a pedagogical tool;
-Audiovisual essay and practice-based research. 


Past Call for Papers

- xCoAx 2020: August 31, 2020



Special Issue: xCoAx 2020
deadline: August 31, 2020

Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X
Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (JSTA)
Guest Editors: André Rangel, Luísa Ribas, Mario Verdicchio, Miguel Carvalhais

Over the last decades, the development and use of computational tools and media have become ubiquitous and almost no aspect of our lives remains unaffected by this. In particular, this kind of technology has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of the arts and numerous cultural manifestations.

Recognizing this, the Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X (xCoAx) is designed as a multi-disciplinary enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive X factor that connects them all.

The CoViD-19 global emergency imposed the transformation of xCoAx into a digital event, but its aims have remained the same: to explore the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians with a focus on: the relations between what can and cannot be computed; the relations between what can and cannot be communicated; what is beautiful and how computation can capture, create, elaborate beauty; how humans and computational systems intersect and generate new directions in aesthetics.

For this issue of the JSTA, the guest editors seek to continue the discourse initiated with xCoAx, by publishing articles by computer scientists, new media artists, researchers and theorists that demonstrate genuinely meaningful interconnections between computation, communication, and aesthetics within a vast group of topics that includes but is not limited to:

Algorithms, Systems, Models

Artificial Aesthetics

Audiovisuals, Multimodality

Creativity, Design

Ethics of Technology, Epistemology

Games, Interaction

Generative Art


Mechatronics, Physical Computing

Music, Sound Art

Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of Computation


Submissions should follow the editorial guidelines of JSTA.


Deadline for paper submission: August 31st, 2020. 

Papers notification: September 30th, 2020.

Deadline for final version: October 31st, 2020.
Special issue release: end of 2020.

Submissions are to be made through the journal’s website
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