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Jürg Lehni

Jürg Lehni

Designer, Artist, Programmer (Switzerland)

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, such as the drawing machines Hektor, Rita, and Viktor, as well as software-based structures and frameworks, including Paperjs.org, Scriptographer.org and Vectorama.org. 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.

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Poetic Potentials

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 10, 2014, 2:00 pm (Screening Room)

Language, space, and technology might be used as three coordinates for evaluating the field of graphic design’s past and its future. The same might be said for poetry. In this commonality this talk finds its subject, drawing on recent work by Project Projects, personal writing, and historic research. How has language been shaped by space? By technology? How do the rhymthic and performative qualities of both disciplines, along with their new technical contexts, reshape our relationships to words, sounds, and the mechanics of reading?

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Poetic Machines, Robotic Gestures and Scenarios of Production

TYPO San Francisco 2013, April 12, 2013, 3:00 pm (Forum Building)

Artist and designer Jürg Lehni presents a mixture of anecdotes and tangents from the archive, along with an overview of his own collaborative works, with the aim to shed light on the hidden poetic potential of technological processes and devices, their impact on aesthetics when applied within the arts, their potential as platforms for making and as vehicles for thoughts and expression, and the need for an openness towards technology.