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 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, SFMOMA, Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, and Design Museum London. In 2015, his work Viktor has been acquired by the SFMOMA for their collection.
After years of working and teaching abroad, he now runs his own studio practice in Zürich. He previously was an Associate Professor of Interaction Design at the Parsons School of Art, Media, & Technology in New York in 2016-2017, and a Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Design and Media Arts in 2012-2013 and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg in 2015.