reverso

Transdisciplinary______Institute_Centre_Ensemble_Journal_Laboratory_Association_Project_
REVERSO
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__ARTS____dance and technology - media art - electroacoustics - virtual architechture - videodance - abstract film...
_____TECHNOLOGY____sustainable technologies of the body and the territory...
_________CRITICAL THEORY___ - queer - postcolonial - posthuman -embodiment theories -biopolitics...


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Asociación Transdisciplinar REVERSO -www.reverso.org- is a non-profit organization created in 2006, on the basis of the activity developed since 2000 under the name Reverso Project by one of its founders, Jaime del Val.

Reverso is a pioneering entity in the convergence of arts, technologies, critical thinking and social action promoting critical creative practices around the body and perception in response to the new technologies of control at the start of the XXIst Century.

Reverso's transdisciplinary projects have been widely presented across Europe, South and North America, as well as Africa and Asia. Reverso's interactive dance performances have received awards in VIDA 6.0. and Ciberart Bilbao 2004.

Since July 2013 Reverso has been coordinating the Multiannual European Culture Project METABODY www.metabody.eu and  has developed 25 international forums in 18 countries, with 10 conferences, 10 publications, over 40 workshops, over 90 performances, over 60 subprojects of research and creation. Between 2008 and 2010 Reverso has been partner of the European Teleplateaus ETP EU Project.

Reverso edits the Journals Reverso and Metabody.   

STATEMENT

When you occupy a place that is explicitly prohibited it is possible to articulate something like a reverse discourse.
Judith Butler

Reverso promotes critical transdisciplinary projects which open up the alignments of normative spaces to an open field of indeterminacy, a reverse field of counter practices.

Starting in 1999 as the first academic journal of queer theory in Spanish, from 2000 it became a laboratory of the body in the convergence of arts (dance, performance, visual and media arts, music and architecture) technologies, critical thinking and activism, exploring novel modes of interventions across bodies and spaces by shifting from content to the structures of perception.

Reverso's unique proposal consists in defending that the most radical way of transforming the body is by intervening in perception itself, by challenging the longstanding frames of perspectival vision that have imposed a highly rigid and hierarchical organisation of bodies and spaces. Rather than changing the content Reverso proposes to open the frame up to a much larger field of movements, a reverse of indeterminacy.

Reverso  explores hybrid formats of performance and participatory installation, called metamedia metaformance, focusing on redefining perceptual structures rather than content, producing metamediums or perceptual architectures with a focus on indeterminacy, and interweaving embodied practices, site specific and bodyspecific work, theory, activism, practical and experiential workshops, and the organisation of events in novel formats.

Reverso's projects explore the relation between gesture and emergent space, in an exploration of emergent perceptions and the amorphous, from the first photographic experiments with macros and long exposures of bodies moving, through video and life video processing, to interactive dance projects where movement generates emergent digital architectures, always involving electroacoustic sound and spatialisation.

In 2007 a new turn happened with the microsexes project, a turn from performance to metaformance, with the focus in the internal experience of perceptual modification, since then I have explored numerous formats for involving audiences in such an experience, from urban interventions to intimate one to one encounters.

The two parallel meta projects evolving since 2003: one related to macro images of the body, the other to trails of movements that generate a temporal space, came together in 2013 in the Metabody project, taking further previous experiences in digital architecture, life video, and sound, by elaborating also physical architectures that mutate, as well as movement techniques for illegible behaviours.

The projects foreground an indeterminate perceptual experience, away from spectacular and perspectival frames of observation, exploring alien and intimate relations, where bodies hover on the edge of the intelligible, reappropriating the body at the level of perception, and with it

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"Technologies of the body" makes reference, in the sense proposed by Michel Foucault, to biopolitical technologies of control within latecapitalist societies. We "(post-)humans", and the territories we are part of, are constituted as bodies by specific technologies which are in turn product of discourses and representations within regimes of power.

Reverso studies both the genealogies of these technologies, the ways to subvert them and new projects for bodies and technologies, for subjects, territories and social formations, within a project of radical democracy and proliferation of specificities and differences (sexual, cultural, bodily...), through the articulation of new radical technological architectures for the body, communication, representation, discourse, perception, consciousness and experience; in a transmedia research into old and new technologies, bodily knowledges, discourses, and artistic practices: a search for sustainable technologies of the body and the territory.