Artist Talk

Jürg Lehni

Related Exhibition Typeface to Interface, Part of Artist Talks

Thursday, October 20, 2016
7 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Photo: courtesy Jürg Lehni

Join us for a conversation between Swiss artist and designer Jürg Lehni and Associate Curator of Architecture and Design Joseph Becker as they discuss the many relationships between language, the human urge to communicate and display information, and the technologies that we come up with to do so. Lehni’s practice draws on many disciplines, dealing with the nuances of technology, tools, and the creative process. His works include the large-scale chalk-drawing machine, Viktor (2006–16), installed at SFMOMA in the exhibition Typeface to Interface, as well as software-based structures and frameworks, such as Paper.js, Scriptographer, and Vectorama.org. Interested both in the mechanics of invention and the content of drawings that are reproduced with his platforms, Lehni and collaborator Jenny Hirons have created A Taxonomy of Communication. This series of drawings, performed regularly by Viktor over the course of the exhibition, charts a history of visual language, as well as processes and tools for communication, from smoke signals to the gestures we use to communicate with our devices.

Graphic Communication in Typeface to Interface

From flying letters to drawing robots, the exhibition Typeface to Interface has something for all types. Explore graphics and letterforms made of everything from ink to blood to digital bytes in this companion to the show.

Visual Programming using Paper.js with Jürg Lehni

Join us for a workshop led by Jürg Lehni to learn about the core concepts and philosophies behind the Paper.js library. Participants will create and animate simple graphical shapes and build drawing tools that they can work with manually.