Jürg Lehni’s ‘Viktor’ at SFMOMA – A Taxonomy of Communication

The SFMOMA just released a concise and insightful short video interview with Jürg Lehni about his work. Given their acquisition of the Swiss artist and designer’s drawing machine Viktor, he speaks about A Taxonomy of Communication, the series of drawings he’s prepared for the institution. While worth watching to hear his articulation of how “technology is a language and a vocabulary” versus a corporatized proprietary toolkit, Jürg also sheds a little light on the progression of his drawing machines from imperfect spraypainters to a chalk-wielding pedagogical platforms.

Jürg comes up with some regularity here on CAN (see Alexander Scholz’s extensive review of “Short Cuts” at CentrePasquArt – which the artist plays quite a prominent role in). Jürg is also one HOLO 2's featured artists, as profiled by Vera Sacchetti and photographed by Anne Gabriel-Jürgens, and he takes us on a wonderful journey of making, drawing and collaboration.

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