Jürg Lehni works collaboratively across disciplines, dealing with the nuances of technology, tools, and the human condition.
His works often take the form of platforms and scenarios for production and research, such as the drawing machines Hektor, Rita, and Viktor, created to visually examine the multifaceted relationships between computer assisted creative work, mechanical reproduction and the poetic potential of mechanical and computational gestures, as well as software-based structures and frameworks, including Paperjs.org, Scriptographer.org and Vectorama.org, platforms designed to combine and explore computational and manual ways of working with graphical form and expression.
Lehni has shown work 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, etc.
His works have been acquired by the collections of SFMOMA, HEK Basel and the Christoph Merian Foundation. He runs an independent practise in Switzerland since 2002, but has lived and worked around the globe: As associate professor at Parsons in New York, the Arts Council Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts in 2012 ~ 2013, running his own studio in London from 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.