del Val / JaiVal (Madrid 1974) is a meta-media artist, philosopher, performer,
producer, environmental and postqueer activist, director of Reverso Institute
www.reverso.org and of Metabody Project
www.metabody.eu. He develops transdisciplinary
projects in the convergence of arts technologies, critical theory and
activism, that have been presented all over Europe, North and South America,
which propose redefinitions of embodiment, perception and affects that
challenge normative constructions of subjectivity, sexuality and control
technologies of Information Society.
Del Val / JaiVal (Madrid
1974) is a transdisciplinary researcher in affective & cognitive sciences;
metahumanist philosopher, meta-media artist, composer, pianist, perfomer,
producer, theorist, environmental and post-queer activist, director of
REVERSO www.reverso.org and METABODY www.metabody.eu.
His projects and performances develop a convergence of interactive dance,
electroacoustics, video, virtual architecture, performance, urban interventions
and the internet and have been presented all over Europe, North and South
America and Africa, as well as the Nomad Workshop of the Technologies
of the Body which he organises since 2003. His writings on critical theories
of the body, art and technology, have been published in numerous print
and online journals. In 2000 he edited REVERSO, the first academic journal
of Queer Theory and lgttbi studies in Spanish.
Since 2004 he coordinates varios fronts of activism against urban speculation
in Spain, being responsible amongst other things of the paralysation of
the construction of the Algarrobico Hotel in a protected area in Almeria,
for which in 2008 he was chosen by El Pais as one of the 100 Iberoamericas
of the year, decribed by Tomas Marco as: “on of the most outstanding
examples of an artist concerned with all art forms and with the problems
of his time... a clear example of how it’s possible to change the
world through art”.
He is the Spanish coordinator of the ETP project http://www.european-tele-plateaus.eu/wp/
a european project concerned wth the development of novel telecommunication
concepts and systems in the forms of interactive tlemaic dance installations
networked across 4 european cities. He coordinates the group Common Body
in Medialab Prado in Madrid http://medialab-prado.es/article/cuerpo_comun.
Since 2008 he is Chairman of the Technarte International Conference in
Bilbao - www.technarte.com.
In 2010 he presents the first phase of the project NINE CENTURIES OF SONG
in 4CDs where he acts as pianist, producer, sound and video technician,
musicologist and composer, together with his mother, the singer Ana Higueras.
www.jaimedelval.net - www.jaimedelval.org.
He studied piano with Felix Lavilla and composition with José Luis
Turina in Madrid. Later he studied piano, composition, conducting and
philosophy at the Guildhall School and King’s College Unversity,
London with J. Gibb and Joan Havill (piano), S. Bainbridge and George
Benjamin (composition), J. Deathridge Musicology) and Sir Colin Davis
(conducting). He attended composition courses in Spain with Cristóbal
Halffter, A. García Abril, Tomás Marco, Claudio Prieto,
Mauricio Sotelo; in Paris, (IRCAM), Darmstadt 1996 (Stockhausen, Rihm,
Eötvos, Lindberg, etc.) and Greece (Klaus Huber). As a pianist he
has given concerts in Spain and the UK and recorded several CD’s
with the singer Ana Higueras. As a composer his works have been premiered
in London, Madrid (Royal Theatre, Reina Sofía Museum), Barcelona
and other venues in Spain. He has collaborated several times with the
LIEM-CDMC electroacoustics laboratory in Madrid.
From 1992 he studies classical dance in the school of Carmen Roche in
Madrid and later contemporary dance in Karen Taft, Estudio 3, Carmen Senra,
with teachers like Cristine Tanguay and in Florencia en Imago Lab with
Richard Haisma, amongst others. He has collaborated with dancers like
Michelle Man, Iva Horvat or Emili Gutierrez in his interactive dance productions.
Since 1998 he lives three years in Florence, developing an activity as
a painter, and studying dance, architecture and etching. He has exhibited
his work in Spain, Italy and Austria. He later starts to work with electronic
media, video and photography, and founds Higuerasarte and REVERSO.
Since 2000 he develops projects that bring together electroacoustics,
dance and media arts, which have been performed over three continents.
His interactive dance performances and installations have received several
international awards. He regularly lectures, exhibits and performs in
international venues and has participated in numerous international congresses,
festivals and exhibitions in the fields of digital and visual art, music,
dance and critical theory in Europe and North America, such as: Emergent
Global Corporealities –Yale University – (EEUU), Rencontres
Corègraphiques de Carthague – (Túnez), Humanism and
Posthumanism – University of Belgrade – (Serbia), INTERFACE:
Cuerpo y Tecnología – Chile, Frames – Portugal, Alterarte
– (Murcia), CanariasMediaFest – (Gran Canaria), Zona Híbrida
– (Madrid), Digital Cultures Lab (UK), Dancing the Virtual (Canadá),
ArtTechMedia, Ciber@rt Bilbao 04, Technarte (Bilbao 2006), Art Futura,
ARCO, Tentaciones de Estampa, Museo Reina Sofía, Fundación
Rodriguez Acosta (Granada), La Casa Encendida, JIEM (Jornadas de Informática
y Electrónica Musical del CDMC - Madrid), VAD (Festival de Video
y Art Digital - Girona), Simposio Arte & Media (Barcelona, Caixaforum
2005), MediaLabMadrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Higuerasarte,
Galería Coldcreation (Barcelona), amongst others.
He has published in print and online publications like Gramma, PADM (International
Journal for performance arts and digital media), El Rapto de Europa, CIC-Cuadernos
de Comunicación, , Artnodes, AMinima, Blank, Cibersociedad, Ciberart
Bilbao, Humanism and Posthumanism, Consciousness Reframed, SIBE and others.
He regularly lectures in international conferences of digital art, music,
critical theory and other topics.
In the period 1997-2001 he was actively involved in ONG's dealing with
queer (gay-lesbian-transgender-intersexual) activism, participating in
leading organisations in Spain and Italy. Since 2004 he has developed
large scale interventions in landscape, coast, inland and urban areas
through protesting against, sewing and paralysing large scale illegal
constructions and future large scale urban developments both in protected
areas and in urban environments, with a considerable impact that has induced
transformation in urban planning in the administrations, the best known
case having been the paralysing of the Algarrobico hotel in Almeria. He
is spokesman for the Coordinadora Ciudadana en Defensa del Territorio
– www.nosevende.org - a national network of over 600 organisations,
in represetation of which he has been speaking as guest in the European
Parliament and participating in the writing of the Auken Report on urban
abuses in Spain developed by the Parliament. He is coordinator of local
organisations in Almeria – www.salvemosmojacar.org - and Madrid –
www.salvemoslasrozas.org - as well as participates in over six other related
His metaformances (indoors, urban and online interventions of the technologically
expanded body) propose radical redefinitions of corporeality understood
as substract for the subject and the social body. In the project Antibodies
he uses surveillance cameras on the skin to perform microdances and produce
an amorphous post-anatomical body. The urban interventions of the Pangender
Cyborg, in which he walks around naked in the city projecting his amorphous
genitals on institutional buidings through cameras and projectors tha
he wears on the naked body while the voice is electronically processed
live, have earned him disencounters with the police and sensationlist
press, as well as the recognition of specialised audiences over three
continents.He combines his activity in performance dance & technology,
with the activity as a pianist and composer, work on other media like
painting, photography, abstract film, electroacoustics, interventions
in space, interactive installations, virtual architechture, dance, writing,
research, activism and the coordination of production, research, education
and diffusion projects in the context of REVERSO, the Body Technologies
Shortly he will be opening the first REVERSO Centre in a refurbished large
old house in a small village in Salamanca, Spain, containing the production
centre of the company, as well as an ecological country house and artist’s
residence and an International Centre for Arts, Technology, Critical Theory
and Social Action. He speaks and writes fluently in Spanish, English,
Italian, German and French.
speaks and writes fluently in Spanish, English, Italian, German and French.