JOHN LEANO is interested in an overtly subversive production of cultural questions and in finding ways to turn loose the (c)overt tactics of surveillance, propaganda, misdirection, disinformation, and illusion for productive ends and ultimately, architecture. Deceptive practice, research on magic, myth, ars memoriae, semiotics and the esoteric frame speculative operations in architecture, design, art, digital media and publishing. He understands architecture as a multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar, multi-media operation aimed at cultural production, and not only a service for the provision of shelter or investment, but for the provision of alternative futures (realities?). He is open to cross-disciplinary collaborations.

The core practice of magic architecture is: The execution of a willed intent to create change in the material world, which either defies, hastens or purifies the consequences of natural cause and effect.

Leonardo was a universal genius because [The Annunciation] was magical. Most people only understand what they feel with their senses; they know nothing of what lies behind them. Only magic can express that which is unreachable in any other way. There is also another kind of art, which is essentially evocative...