6th ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modeling and Design (FARM)

29th September, 2018, co-located with ICFP 2018 in St Louis, Missouri, USA


The ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modelling and Design (FARM) gathers together people who are harnessing functional techniques in the pursuit of creativity and expression.

Functional Programming has emerged as a mainstream software development paradigm, and its artistic and creative use is booming. A growing number of software toolkits, frameworks and environments for art, music and design now employ functional programming languages and techniques. FARM is a forum for exploration and critical evaluation of these developments, for example to consider potential benefits of greater consistency, tersity, and closer mapping to a problem domain.

FARM encourages submissions from across art, craft and design, including textiles, visual art, music, 3D sculpture, animation, GUIs, video games, 3D printing and architectural models, choreography, poetry, and even VLSI layouts, GPU configurations, or mechanical engineering designs. Theoretical foundations, language design, implementation issues, and applications in industry or the arts are all within the scope of the workshop. The language used need not be purely functional (“mostly functional” is fine), and may be manifested as a domain specific language or tool. Moreover, submissions focusing on questions or issues about the use of functional programming are within the scope.

Key Dates

Paper submission deadline (extended)   July 8
Performance submission deadline   July 8
Author Notification   July 21
Camera Ready   August 5
Workshop   September 29

Call for Performances

Submission deadline: July 8, 2018.

Submission page on Easychair

FARM also hosts a traditional evening of performances. For this year’s event, FARM 2018 is seeking proposals for live performances which employ functional programming techniques, in whole or in part. We would like to support a diverse range of performing arts, including music, dance, video animation, and performance art.

We encourage both risk-taking proposals which push forward the state of the art and refined presentations of highly-developed practice. In either case, please support your submission with a clear description of your performance including how your performance employs functional programming and a discussion of influences and prior art as appropriate.

Call for Papers and Demos

Submission deadline: June 28, 2018 (note that this is earlier than for performances).

Submission page on Easychair

We welcome submissions from academic, professional, and independent programmers and artists.

Submissions are invited in three categories:

Original papers

We solicit original papers in the following categories:

All submissions must propose an original contribution to the FARM theme. FARM is an interdisciplinary conference, so a wide range of approaches are encouraged.

An original paper should have 5 to 12 pages, be in portable document format (PDF), using the ACM SIGPLAN style guidelines and the ACM SIGPLAN template (use the ‘sigplan’ sub-format).

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library as part of the FARM 2018 proceedings. See the information on the options available to authors. Authors are encouraged to submit auxiliary material for publication along with their paper (source code, data, videos, images, etc.); authors retain all rights to the auxiliary material.

Demo proposals

Demo proposals should describe a demonstration to be given at the FARM workshop and its context, connecting it with the themes of FARM. A demo could be in the form of a short (10-20 minute) tutorial, presentation of work-in-progress, an exhibition of some work, or even a performance. Demo proposals should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 2000 words. A demo proposal should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Demo Proposal: to the title.

Demo proposals will be published on the FARM website. A summary of the demo performances will also be published as part of the conference proceedings, to be prepared by the program chair.

Calls for collaboration

Calls for collaboration should describe a need for technology or expertise related to the FARM theme. Examples may include but are not restricted to:

Calls for collaboration should be in plain text, HTML or Markdown format, and not exceed 5000 words. A call for collaboration should be clearly marked as such, by prepending Call for Collaboration: to the title.

Calls for collaboration will be published on the FARM website.

Authors take note

The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.

All presentations at FARM 2018 will be recorded. Permission to publish the resulting video (in all probability on YouTube, along with the videos of ICFP itself and the other ICFP-colocated events) will be requested on-site.


If you have any questions about what type of contributions that might be suitable, or anything else regarding submission or the workshop itself, please contact the organisers at: farm-2018@functional-art.org

Workshop Organisation

Workshop Chair: Brent Yorgey, Hendrix College

Program Chair: Donya Quick, Stevens Institute of Technology

Performance Chair: Tom Murphy

Program Committee:

Code of Conduct

FARM adheres to ICFP 2018’s Code of Conduct.