José R. Alcalá (Valencia, 1960).Professor of Art and New Media at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid (URJC) and the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM). Director of the International Museum of Electrography (MIDECIANT) of Cuenca since its creation (1989) until 2018. Creator and coordinator for the Contemporary Art Collections and Archives (CAAC) of the Faculty of Fine Arts de Cuenca since its creation (2013) until 2018. Responsible for the creation of the Spanish Archive of Media Art (AEMA). Head of the research group Cultural Interfaces; Art and New Media of the UCLM from its creation (2005) to 2018. National Award of the Royal Calcography (to the MIDECIANT) for the innovations contributed to the graphic art, Madrid 1999.
Main researcher of R + D + i projects National and European excellence on applications of new technologies in artistic creation and virtual museography. Author of books, such as: La piel de la Imagen (Valencia, 2011); Ser Digital; Manual for converts to electronic culture (Santiago, Chile, 2011); How do I hang a Virtual box? (Gijón, 2009); Monsters, ghosts and aliens. Poetics of epresentation in the cybersociety (Madrid, 2004); or Ars Machina. Artistic Electrography in the MIDE collection (Santander, 2004).
Director and curator of biennials and Awards, such as, the International Observatory of Electronic Arts of Gijón (OOH), Digital Art Awards LÚMEN_EX (University of Extremadura), Festival of Electronic Arts of Valencia Digital Media 1.0 . As an artist he created, in 1983, the Alcalacanales team (with Fernando Ñ. Canales), whose exhibitions and activities related to artistic creation with new media continued on the international circuit until 1994.