Joan Leandre

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Has been a member of the 'Unknown Frame Observatory' since 1992 and an 'interpreter' at retroyou since 1999. Based in Barcelona.

Untiring transformer of digital entertainment products, Joan Leandre has carried out such diverse actions as the manipulation of innocuous car race videogame computer code; compilations of documentation on technological euforia, both commercial and military; or the challenge to a powerful computer to create a model of the highest ever mountain.

Joan Leandre personally goes deep into the inviolable code of all types of image software, from simple videogames to flight simulators and even sofisticated military war games. He transforms their functionalities and converts the most banal use of popular technology into a visionary experience, a mission into the unknown, or a fun-filled journey without gravity.

Joan's work has been internationally exhibited at exhibitions and festivals such as Next Five Minutes, Amsterdam (2003), Sonar, Barcelona (2001, 2002 and 2003), "Becomings" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla and "<ALT>DigitalMedia" at the American Museum of the Moving Image, New York (2003). Exhibitions in 2002 included Transmediale, Berlin; the Read-Me Festival, Moscow; Obsevatori, Valencia; The Mirror of Balcans, Belgrade; and Art Futura, Barcelona.