Definitions are clearly useful as parameters for understanding, but sometimes explanations can unjustly limit ideas. Trying to find the specific word to describe Joystick's work was problematic.
Even though I found a definition written by them where they explain: "we use web pages as platforms to present projects, make announcements, show work and register actions and past events", I got the feeling that their workings go beyond this list of activities.
Andrea Gómez and Ricardo Duque make up Joystick and in the four years they have been together they have produced a considerable amount of work. The 3 pillars supporting their ideas could be defined as the recycling of, apparent, waste, the adaptation of technology and the use of low cost resources.
The group started in Medellín in the mid 90's. There they got together with other people and produced a series of presentations. "We set up a work group at the university and produced various independent events and exhibition proposals… The first project was called 3n. We were leant an uninhabited, practically derelict house, and between us (there were about 15 of us) we made it into a place where we could show the work we had done in public spaces and hold events…" explained Andrea in an interview for the Jornadas de Arte Digital Latinoamericano 04 (Latin American Digital Art Days 04).
They arrived in Barcelona in 2000 and, drawing on this experience, they began getting together with a group of people to try and find a place where they could set up a cultural centre. As they couldn't find an actual space after a while this idea began to fade.
Although this plan didn't materialise Andrea, Ric and Kamel's relationship (the latter Joystick left in 2003) grew in strength during these meetings and their work began to proliferate in various directions.
One of their first ideas was the need to transmit, to Columbia in particular, the huge amount of information they were receiving in Spain. This was one of the reasons their work was based on the Internet.
At the same time they began collaborating with other collectives like Fifty Fifty. They worked on joint projects such as Playtime - a videogame- based party, or "Practica Kittin" - an initiative started by a group of neighbours from the Gracia area of Barcelona, that consisted of pulling down the posters put up by estate agents and speculators in the area. They started working on their own work: street interventions (using stickers or flyers) and ideas like "Trash": a campaign printed on adhesive paper with instructions on how to leave re-usable objects in the street. They also collected material that they found themselves and had an exhibition where visitors were free to take anything they wanted.