Visual Programming using Paper.js with Jürg Lehni

Image: courtesy Jürg Lehni
Join Gray Area and SFMOMA for a workshop led by Jürg Lehni to learn about the core concepts and philosophies behind the Paper.js library!

October 22: 4pm-7pm
Cost: $90 (30/hr x 3)

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.

Paper.js is a graphics framework for JavaScript that offers a unique way to work with graphical forms. Its creators, Jürg Lehni and Jonathan Puckey, describe it as, “the Swiss army knife of vector graphics scripting.”

Participants should feel comfortable working with entry-level JavaScript and are encouraged to experiment with Paper.js before the workshop. Please note that you will need to bring your own computer to this workshop.

This workshop is co-produced by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and SFMOMA.


Jürg Lehni

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 Paper.js,Scriptographer and 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. In 2014, his work Viktor has been acquired by the SFMOMA for their collection. He runs an independent practise in Switzerland since 2002, but has lived and worked in many places around the globe: As the Arts Council Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts in 2012 ~ 2013, running his own studio in London in 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.



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