ICLC 2019

International Conference on Live Coding.
From 16th to 18th of January 2019, Medialab Prado, Madrid.

About the Conference

Live coding refers to the creation and modification of algorithms with a creative purpose in real time often in the presence of a physical or virtual audience. The community is diverse and seeks to engage in a wide cross-section of artistic practices including but not limited to music, audiovisual creation, performance, robotics, dance, scientific research and education.

Live coding is primarily developed inside the free culture movement, and encourages self creativity rather than cultural consumption. Also diversity inclusion and respect has always been considered a fundamental part of the thinking around this practice in live coding communities. For more information on live coding, please refer to the TOPLAP website and to previous editions of these conferences.

The fourth International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) will take place between the 16th and 18th of January 2019 and will be hosted by Medialab-Prado and other neighbouring institutions and cultural agents of Madrid. The conference will consist of presentations, performances, concerts, workshops and other activities grounded in the field of live coding with the aim of exploring the richness and diversity of the practice driven by the creative power of its international community which include Livecode NYC (USA), TOPLAP Node Yorkshire (UK), TOPLAP Node North-East (UK), TOPLAP Node México (MX), Cybernetic Orchestra (CA), TOPLAP Berlín (DE), TOPLAP Medellín (CO), TOPLAP Buenos Aires (AR) o Live Code Mad (SP) o Netherlands Coding Live (NL) among others.


To be able to attend all activities programmed at ICLC 2019, you must register on this link created specifically for that on Medialab Prado site. This registration is free of charge and allows to attend all the workshops, presentations and algorave sessions on the three venues. For security reasons, access could be restricted when the capacity of the venue is full. In order to subscribe on this site, an account must be created. Please, fill the formular with your name and surname since it is needed for administration.

Medialab Prado local restaurant is going to offer a discount menu for ICLC attendants, more information about prices and service will be published soon.


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"Madrid is fun”... said our ex-mayor in her attempt to host the olympic games for 2020. Indeed! Madrid offers great places to relax, enjoy traditional gastronomy and party as well as being a unique space for culture, sharing and collaborative learning.

The airport Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas (MAD) is the main gateway to the city. It has three active Terminals: T1, T2 and T4 (with a small satellite T4s). Depending on what Terminal visitors arrives to/leaves from, there are several options to get from/to the airport to/from the city:

  • Taxi service reaches every Terminal and costs between 20€ to 30€ according to the information published on the airport.
  • Bus (Airport Express). This service works 24/7. It takes 40 minutes approximately to reach the airport (T1, T2, T4) from city center. It costs 5€ and runs every 15 min. during the day and 35 min. at night. There are only a few stops where a visitor can take this bus.
  • Metro. Accesible desde T2 y T4, tarda una hora aproximadamente en llegar al centro de Madrid. It is accessible from T2 and T4, it takes around one hour to get to city center. There is a compulsory complementary ticket of 3€ that must be paid to use subway on the airport. We don’t recommend Metro to go to the airport if you are in a rush although, on the other hand, visitors can take the subway from many stations in the city. In order to use metro network in Madrid, visitors must purchase a multipersonal card, that must be filled with 10 travels. There is also a Turist card valid for several days.
  • Train (Renfe). Is only available from/to T4. It costs 2.60€ and takes 25 minutes to get to city center. We highly recommend this way if visitors are lucky to travel from/to T4. Once at T4 visitors could use a bus between terminals that takes around 15 min. to travel through the terminals.

To access Medialab Prado, the best option is to address to Estación del Arte (or Atocha Renfe) station. All transportations listed above (Metro, Renfe, or Bus Airport Express or Taxi) reach there from the Airport.

Madrid offers a vast choice of Hostels, Hotels, and B&Bs which are published in the most notorious hotel booking websites.

Confirmed venues

This #4 edition of ICLC is going to be located on three venues mainly:

  • Medialab Prado. It is a Cultural Center that belongs to the city council of Madrid. Its auditorium has capacity for 220 people. It is located on the street de la Alameda, number 15, near the Atocha Renfe subway station.
  • Nave de Terneras. That is an old warehause with capacity for 490 people, mainly reserved for algorave sessions. It is located on the Legazpi subway station, on Paseo de la Chopera, number 10.
  • Music and Dance Public School of Madrid's Center Distric, is a school of music newly open in the city center of the city. With capacity for about 200 people, it is located at Farmacia street, number 13, near Tribunal subway station.

Here you can find a map of all venues.

Call for papers, performances, installations and workshops

On behalf of the steering committee and the Live Coding Research Network, the organizing committee is pleased to invite submission of proposed contributions to the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC 2019) in the form of papers, performances, installations or workshops about the themes described later or with contributions to the Algoraves planed during the Conference for proposals more oriented to electronic dance music/performances.

This edition of ICLC will take place at Medialab Prado (Madrid) from the 16th to 18th of January 2019. It follows previous editions at CMMAS, Morelia, Mexico (2017), at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (2016) and the inaugural edition held in University of Leeds, UK (2015).


ICLC 2019 is open to any topic related to Live Coding and it aims to offer continuity with previous ICLC research themes. For a list of proposed themes, please visit previous ICLC sites. For this edition, we particularly encourage contributions related to:

  • free culture, for example: free and open source software and hardware; diy/hacker aesthetics and philosophy in live coding; live coding beyond computers; or historical perspectives of live programming languages.
  • teaching and learning live coding inside communities, for example: diversity in live coding communities; inclusion/equality and live coding; live coding in public and private spaces; teaching and learning to live code; or live coding and self organised communities.
  • collaborative or networked creation, for example: creative collaboration through live code; web/networked live code; live coding and movements or gestures; live coding and autonomous agents; live coding on computer games; or virtual reality or augmented reality.
Contributions that challenge the proposed themes are also welcome. Submissions are expected in the English language.

If there are special needs regarding the accessibility of the confernence, please contact the organization team at iclc2019 at livecodemad dot org.

Program Committee

We deeply thank the work of: Juan A. Romero, Alo Allik, Craig Anslow, Jack Armitage, Marije Baalman, Holger Ballweg, Lina Bautista, Renick Bell, Jamie Beverley, Daven Bigelow, Alan Blackwell, Patrick Borgeat, Till Bovermann, Magno Caliman, Jacques Carette, Miguel Carvalhais, José Alberto Cerro, Joana Chicau, Luke Church, Nick Collins, Palle Dahlstedt, Andre Damiao, Steven Delvalle, Diego Dorado, Joaquín Roberto Díaz Durán, Libertad Figueroa, Scott Fradkin, Alejandro Franco-Briones, Aide Violeta Fuentes Barron, Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo, Peter Holzkorn, Timo Hoogland, Enrique Hurtado, Can Ince, Olivia Jack, Ian Jarvis, Krystal Kaplan, Ali Khajehei, Chris Kiefer, Ryan Kirkbride, Shelly Knotts, Shawn Lawson, Steve Layton, Jaime Alonso Lobato Cardoso, Alex MacLean, Thor Magnusson, Alex McLean, Luis Fernando Medina Cardona, Elihu Mejia, Giovanni Mori, Luis Navarro Del Angel, James Noble, Felipe Ignacio Noriega, Kofi Oduro, David Ogborn, Christian Oyarzún, Susanne Palzer, Iván Paz-Ortiz, Roly Perera, Enrique Pérez, Rodrigo Ramírez, Evan Raskob, Iris Yuping Ren, Niklas Reppel, Jonathan Reus, Charlie Roberts, Jessica Rodríguez, Jaime D. Rojas, Rachel Devorah Wood Rome, Ernesto Romero, Adriana Sa, Spencer Salazar, Kate Sicchio, Hlödver Sigurdsson, Ryan Smith, Dagobert Sondervan, Jeremy Stewart, Steven Tanimoto, Marianne Teixido, Matthew Tift, Ruben Tobalina, Andrea Valle, Anne Veinberg, Marta Verde, Andres Villa Torres, Hernani Villaseñor, Graham Wakefield, Joseph Wilk. Without it, ICLC 2019, would have never been possible. Thanks!


PAPERS (2-10 pages)

We invite proposals of papers, presentations followed by a demo, short papers or posters and research papers to be orally presented at ICLC 2019. To propose a paper, please submit a complete draft of the paper/abstract, a condensed outline (100-150 words) and a short biography (100-150 words for each contributor) through the online peer review system. Please submit your proposal using the official templates for paper proposals available here: templates-iclc2019.zip.
All paper proposals should have quotations that reference previous papers published in this and other conferences, as well as the application of appropriate research methods. The proceedings of the conference will be published with ISBN, and a DOI number for each article.


To propose a live coding performance for the conference, please submit a detailed abstract (no more than 2 pages), a stable link to a single video example, a brief outline/programme note (100-150 words), a short biography (100-150 words for each contributor), and the technical questionnaire through the online peer review system. Please support your submission with a clear description of your performance, and discussion of influences and prior art as appropriate. Please submit your proposal using the official templates for performance/workshop proposals available here: template-performance.doc.


To propose a live coding performance for the conference, please submit a stable link to a single video example, a short biography (100-150 words for each contributor), and the technical questionnaire through the online peer review system. Please submit your proposal using the official templates for performance/workshop proposals available here: template-algorave.doc.


We invite submission for workshops to ICLC 2019. To propose a workshop for the conference, please submit a detailed abstract (no more than 2 pages), a short biography (100-150 words for each contributor), and the technical questionnaire through the online peer review system. Please submit your proposal using the official templates for workshop proposals available here: template-workshop.doc.


We invite submission for audiovisual installations to ICLC 2019. To propose a piece, please submit a detailed abstract (no more than 2 pages), a short biography (100-150 words for each contributor), and the technical questionnaire through the online peer review system. Please submit your proposal using the official templates for installation proposals available here: template-installation.doc.

All submissions to ICLC 2019 are managed via EasyChair.

Code of Conduct

With the aim of promoting a safe, inclusive and open space at ICLC 2019, the organizing team propose a code of conduct in continuity with the prior conferences on live coding. We invite everyone attending the conference and the communities around it to work for a respectful and positive environment. As organizers we work hard to preserve the warm and open atmosphere that characterize pasts live coding conferences.

As participants, please be mindful of the effect your words and actions may have on others and that your boundaries may not be the same as the boundaries of others for either cultural, education or personal reasons. If you act or speak in a way that someone finds inappropriate, it’s inappropriate to that time, place and/or person. If somebody tells you that you are making them uncomfortable, please stop doing so.

Harassment, and other exclusionary behaviour are not welcome at the conference. Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments or attitudes related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion;
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • discriminatory jokes and language;
  • sustained disruption of events, talks or performances;
  • inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual or suggestive remarks;
  • inappropriate use of imagery or other material which others may find offensive.

This applies to all events and venues of the conference whether they be talks, performances, late-night events, at the bar, or through Facebook or Twitter or other online media.

If you have any concerns please find a member of the organising team (they'll be clearly identifiable during the conference) and let them know, or otherwise send us an email to: iclc2019 at livecodemad dot org. This text is inspired by the code of conduct used in prior international conferences on live coding.

Team & contact

Please, for any request contact us at:
iclc2019 at livecodemad dot org