Jürg Lehni’s works, which are frequently collaborative and cross-disciplinary, offer reflections on technology, tools and the human condition. They often take the form of platforms and scenarios for production and research, for example his drawing machines Hektor, Rita and Viktor; or as software-based structures and frameworks, such as Paper.js, Scriptographer and Vectorama.org, which are platforms designed to combine and explore manual and digital ways of working with graphical form and expression.
Lehni’s work has been on show internationally in group and solo shows at the MoMA New York, Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum London, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, among others. In 2015, his work Viktor was acquired for the SFMOMA collection.
In Switzerland he has been running an independent studio since 2002, whilst also travelling and working around the globe: as Associate Professor of Interaction Design at the Parsons School of Art, Media, & Technology in New York in 2016–2017, the Arts Council Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts in 2012— 2013, running his own studio in London in 2008—2011, on a Swiss Design Awards residency in New York in 2007, and on a research residency at Sony SET Studio in Tokyo in 2006.