Jaime del Val or JaiVal (Madrid 1974) is a transdisciplinary media artist, philosopher, activist, promotor of the Metabody Project, Forum and Institute, and the non profit organisation Reverso, polyglot, currently based in Madrid and the rural area of Salamanca, after periods in London, Florence, Barcelona and travelling worldwide. Since 2000 Jaime develops transdisciplinary projects in the transvergence of arts (dance, performance, architecture, visual and media arts, music), technologies, critical theory and activism. Jaime’s projects propose redefinitions of embodiment, perception and space that challenge contemporary control society as well as normative conceptions of affect, sex, gender, ability or intimacy and have been presented with over 120 performances, metaformances and installations in museums, theatres, festivals, urban and rural areas, refugee camps and numerous unconventional places, in novel experiential formats in over 50 cities of 25 countries, across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, mostly under the collectives REVERSO and Metabody.
The recent evolution of these projects led to the Multiannual European Culture project METABODY, coordinated by Jaime with a network of 38 partners from 16 countries. As part of Metabody Jaime has organised over 40 international Forums in 25 countries and coordinated over 60 research projects. The project continues now with the Metabody Forum, a transdisicplinary and nomadic intiative in the crossroads of reseach, creation, education, networking, curatorship and activism that takes place every year in at least 8 countries and which consists in three main aspects including the Multiplicity University, the Ontohacklab/Metamedialab and the Metatopia/Metakhôra environments. Jaime’s philosophical work has been published in over 30 essays in journals such as Performance Research – Routledge, Leonardo and others, and two books are being prepared for publication where Jaime develops a new movement and body philosophy and a theory of the Algoricene or Age of Algorithms. Jaime has edited the Journals Reverso and Metabody, is member of the organizing committee of the Beyond Humanism Conference serie and cofounder of Metahumanism, a critical posthumanist philosophy, is advisor on the onto-ethical challenges of Autonomous Algorithms and has given over 120 lectures in Universities like U.C Berkeley, Stanford, MIT Medialab, Duke University, Yale, Cambridge and others.
Jaime has imparted over 70 artist’s workshops in 25 countries. Jaime has developed novel movement techniques with varying applications, included therapeutic, and dynamic architecture techniques. As pianist and composer Jaime has recorded 13 CDs and over 300 works. Jaime has also exhibited painting, etching, photography and video work since 1998. As activist Jaime has promoted and been involved since 1998 in numerous environmental, lgtb-queer, Occupy and antisurveillance movements leading several national scale organizations, particularly in the fight against land speculation in Spain, advising and reporting for the European Parliament and United Nations amongst others. In 2008 Jaime was chosen by El Pais as one of the 100 Iberoamericans of the year, described as: “one 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 currently promotes a new centre in the rural area and has a permanent consultation for Metaformance experiences in Madrid. Jaime is neurodiverse and mestiza, trans-species and transgender, is neither man, nor woman nor human, and is not in Facebook.
Current Artistic Projects
- METATOPIA 5.0
Current Research Projects
- Algoricene – The age of the Algorithms
Other Creation-Research-Action Projects
- Illegible Affects
- Hacking Big Data Brother
- ETP (2008-2010)
- Thresholds (2004)
- Morphogenesis (2003)
Management, networking and curatorship:
European Projects, Curatorship, Production, Workshops:
- METABODY – Mutiannual EU Cuture Project and International Network (2013-2018) – Coordinator
- European TelePlateaus – European Culture Project (2008-2010) – Coorganizer
- Reverso-Metabody Centre – New Space – starting in 2018
- Nine Centuries of Song – 12Cds and 300 works
- Acitivst in environmental, lgtb, antisurveillance, refugees, disabilities, and other issues.
- Microsensory environments – Therapy
- Metatherapies – Neuroplastic Environments and Neurodiverse Futures – Research
- Disalignments – Movement techniques
- Flexinamics – Building techniques