First International Conference on Live Coding in July 2015

January 5, 2015 at 7:54 am 1 comment

First International Conference on Live Coding
13-15th July 2015, University of Leeds, UK

With pleasure we announce the initial call for papers and performances for the
first International Conference on Live Coding, hosted by ICSRiM in the School
of Music, University of Leeds, UK.

This conference follows a long line of international events on liveness in
computer programming; the Changing Grammars live audio programming symposium in
Hamburg 2004, the LOSS Livecode festival in Sheffield 2007, the annual Vivo
festivals in Mexico City from 2012, the live.code.festival in Karlsruhe, the
LIVE workshop at ICSE on live programming, and Dagstuhl Seminar 13382 on
Collaboration and Learning through Live Coding in 2013, as well as numerous
workshops, concerts, algoraves and conference special sessions. It also follows
a series of Live Coding Research Network symposia on diverse topics, and the
activities of the TOPLAP community since 2004. We hope that this conference
will act as a confluence for all this work, helping establish live coding as an
interdisciplinary field, exploring liveness in symbolic abstractions, and
understanding the perceptual, creative, productive, philosophical and cultural

The proceedings will be published with ISSN, and there will also be an
follow-on opportunity to contribute to a special issue of the Journal on
Performance Arts and Digital Media; details will be announced soon.


* Templates available and submissions system open: 8th December 2014
* Performance submissions deadline: 16th February 2015
* Paper submissions deadline: 1st March 2015
* Notification of results: 10th April 2015
* Camera ready deadline: 10th May 2015
* Conference: 13-15th July 2015

Submission categories

* Long papers (6-12 pages)
* Short papers (4-6 pages)
* Poster/demo papers (2-4 pages)
* Performances (1 page abstract and technical rider)

ICLC is an interdisciplinary conference, so a wide range of approaches are
encouraged and we recognise that the appropriate length of a paper may vary
considerably depending on the approach. However, all submissions must propose
an original contribution to Live Coding research, cite relevant previous work,
and apply appropriate research methods.

The following long list of topics, contributed by early career researchers in
the field, are indicative of the breadth of research we wish to include:

* Live coding and the body; tangibility, gesture, embodiment
* Creative collaboration through live code
* Live coding in education, teaching and learning
* Live coding terminology and the cognitive dimensions of notation
* Live language and interface design
* CUIs: Code as live user interface
* Domain specific languages, and the live coding ecosystem
* Programming language experience design: visualising live process and state in
code interfaces
* Virtuosity, flow, aesthetics and phenomenology of live code
* Live coding: composition, improvisation or something else?
* Time in notation, process, and perception
* Live coding of and inside computer games and virtual reality
* Live programming languages as art: esoteric and idiosyncratic systems
* Bugfixing in/as performance
* Individual expression in shared live coding environments
* Live coding across the senses and algorithmic synaesthesia
* Audience research and ethnographies of live coding
* Live coding without computers
* Live coding before Live Coding; historical perspectives on live programming
* Heritage, vintage and nostalgia – bringing the past to life with code
* Live coding in public and in private
* Cultural processes of live programming language design
* General purpose live programming languages and live coding operating systems
* Connecting live coding with ancient arts or crafts practice
* Live coding and the hacker/maker movement: DIY and hacker aesthetics
* Critical reflections; diversity in the live coding community
* The freedom of liveness, and free/open source software

Submissions which work beyond the above are encouraged, but all should have
live coding research or practice at their core. Please contact us if you have
any questions about remit.


Please email feedback and/or questions to

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