“I’m currently in that floating point of several considerations which bring the name of the iron bird scream in its flight through the automatic dusk, …In the Name of Kernel!” – Kristopher Kubasik
Project Gentili is pleased to present At My Limit : In the Name of Kernel!, an exhibition of hd video, digital prints, and text by Barcelona-based artist Joan Leandre. As the first gallery exhibition in the artist’s extensive history, At My Limit : In the Name of Kernel! introduces Leandre’s critical practice and politics of media interpretation and reverse engineering to a new audience.
“The Dr Strangelove of computing, Leandre loves the bomb and knows its mechanisms well enough to transform them instantly into the workings of a multi-layered ambiguous narrative, esoteric and seductive at the same time. This is what we can see in his latest project, In the Name of Kernel (2006 – ongoing). The kernel, the heart of every operating system, becomes the myth around which coagulates a symbolic event combining travel literature, the alchemy tradition and science fiction, terrorism and conspiracy theories, programming and mountaineering, 3D modelling and satellite mapping, hallucinations and revelations. A high definition metaphor for those who love the clear air of the high peaks.” – Domenico Quaranta
In 2004 Joan Leandre participated in the Whitney Biennale and has exhibited his work in a variety of museums including: Triennale, Milan (1999); Centre George Pompidou, Paris (2000 and 2007); American Museum of the Moving Image, New York (2003); Ars Electronica, Linz (2003); and the Laboral Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Gijòn (2007).