José Iges was born in 1951 in Madrid. Iges is a musical composer, artist, Industrial Engineer and also has Ph.D. in Sciences of Communication.
He starts on electroacoustic music at the ALEA Laboratory in Madrid; later on, he attends to courses of improvement in the University of Pau (France) with David Johnson (1978) and to Luis de Pablo’s regarding “Analysis and Techniques of Contemporary Music”, in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid (1977-1979).
From 1979 till 1982 he has been member of the Art and Computer Seminary (SAGAF-M) and of Madrid’s group ELENFANTE (1979-1984). As composer and performer in “live electronics” he has given many concerts with several soloists and groups and, from 1984 till 2000, with the actress-singer Esperanza Abad.
In 1989 he starts his collaboration with the artist Concha Jerez on sound and visual sculptures and installations, performances, radio art works, videoart, photomontages and intermedia concerts.
Main axes of his creative work are the interaction of conventional instruments with recorded sounds and / or live electronics, or his personal use of the scenic and radio language in areas such as performance, installation or video. All this implies a versality of approaches and practices that in many cases are framed in the so-called sound art.
Starting from 1985 until 2008 Iges has worked as producer in RNE (Radio Nacional de España) and responsible of the radio program “Ars Sonora”, devoted to broadcasting and production of Sound and Radio Art works. On this note, he has produced more than eighty works, among which we can mention L’Escalier des Aveugles, by Luc Ferrari, awarded with the “Prix Italia” of 1991. He also has been producer of the CD’s Broaden/in/Gates (1992) and Ríos Invisibles (1994), and director of events like Ciudades Invisibles (Madrid, 1992), as well as co-producer of the events Horizontal Radio (1995) and Rivers & Bridges (1996). As founder-member of the working group “Ars Acustica” of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), he has been the coordinator of that group (1999-2005). He has been also president of the AMEE (Spanish Association of Electroacoustic Music).
Besides his activities on different artistic fields and on production, Iges has been developing an intense teaching activity, giving courses, seminaries and workshops in several Universities (Fine Arts Schools of Cuenca, Granada and Valencia, Facultad de Ciencias de la Información de Madrid, University of Puebla -Mexico-, University of Caldas -Manizales, Colombia- and University of Los Andes -Bogotá, Colombia-) and institutions (Instituto de Estética y Teoría de las Artes de Madrid, CIEJ of Barcelona, Monasterio de Poio -Pontevedra-, Fundación Municipal de Cultura of Gijón and Valladolid, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid, Radio Educación of Mexico, Conservatorio de Cuenca, Fonoteca Nacional of México, Radio UNAM, AECID Caracas, Arts Santa Mónica of Barcelona) in regards to “Sound Art”, “Sound and Sight Installations” and “Radio Art”, as well as lectures, collaborating regularly on several specialized musical and artistic publications (Scherzo, Rítmo, Creación, RevistAtlántica de Poesía, El Urogallo, Doce Notas, Coclea, Transversal, Musica/Realtà, KunstMusik or Fisuras, among others, and on The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians). He is author of a book of narrative (Animales Domésticos, Ed.Libertarias, Madrid, 1987), a biography of Luigi Nono (Ed. CBA, Madrid, 1988), a Doctoral Thesis about Radio Art (U.C.Madrid, 1997), the book “Conferencias sobre arte sonoro” (Árdora, Madrid, 2017), as well as editor of the book “Ars Sonora, 25 años” (Ed. Iberautor, Madrid, 2012) and co-editor of the catalogue “Escuchar con los ojos” (Fundación Juan March, Madrid, 2016).
In 1997 he was responsible of the collection of Sound Art sources for the Media Archive of the Fundació Caixa de Pensions (Barcelona). He has been also curator of the Sound Art section on ARCO ELECTRÓNICO, for the ARCO’ Art Fairs 1997, 1998 and 1999. He has been curator of the international exhibitions of sound sculptures and installations “The space of sound/The time of gaze” (Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián, 1999), “Resonances” (Museo Municipal, Málaga, 2000) and “Sound Dimension” (KM, San Sebastián, 2007), as well as of the exhibition “Vostell and the Music” (Museo Vostell Malpartida, 2002-2003), I Muestra de Arte Sonoro Español, MASE (Córdoba-Lucena, 2006), co-curator of the soundscapes project “Islas Resonantes” (2009) and of the exhibition ARS ACUSTICA DOCUMENTAL (Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona, 2012). In 2016 he was invited as a curator by the Juan March Foundation for the series of exhibitions “Sound Art in Spain, 1961-2016”, held in Palma de Mallorca, Cuenca (Spanish Museum of Abstract Art) and Madrid. In 2017 Iges has been curator of the exhibition “space. sound. silences” for the Patio Herreriano Museum of Valladolid.
He has been also organizer for specialized series of concerts in the Reina Sofía Center of Art (Madrid), Sala Amárica (Vitoria) and Museo Vostell Malpartida (Malpartida de Cáceres). Additionally, Iges has co-organized the EASE (Madrid, 2010) focused on Sound Art in Spain. Together with Concha Jerez he has been author of the series of radio programs MONUMENTOS DEL ARTE SONORO, produced by Fonoteca Nacional de México in 2011. As Musical Director and author of musical arrangements, he has participated in the World Premiere of the Wolf Vostell’s Fluxus-Opera “El Jardín de las Delicias” (“Garten der Lüste”) at Museo Vostell Malpartida (2012).
In January 2010 he has created the site web “Radioartnet”, as a permanent international archive devoted to radioart.
In October 2012 has coordinated in Mexico DF the I Iberoamerican Meeting of Sound Art in Radio, RESONANTES, at the Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, framed on 9th. International Biennale of Radio of Mexico.
In 2013 he curated the project IberWave, series of five emissions for Kunstradio (ORF) on the current Ibero-American radioart.