Methods of Art – Archive of Artists Interviews


*1966 in Berlin, is an artist who focuses on time, landforms, labilities, seismic and tectonic activity, as well as on their various representational and media formats. Dombois studied geophysics and philosophy in Berlin, Kiel and Hawaii, and wrote his PhD in Amsterdam and Berlin. After that, he has developed a concept of „Art as Research“ to challenge modernism in art and scientific modes of expression. His oeuvre includes spatial and sound installations, but also happenings and performances. 2003-2011 he was heading the Institute for Transdisciplinarity (Y), and was president of the research council at Berne University of the Arts. Since 2011 he is professor at Zurich University of the Arts. In 2010 he received the German Sound Art Prize. He was Artist in residence and research fellow at Collegium Helveticum, ZiF Bielefeld, MIT Cambridge, Gutenberg-Research Academy Mainz, ZfL Zentrum Berlin, among others. His work was presented at Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, Boston University Campus, Kunstmuseum Chur, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, KHM Köln among others.


The interview was conducted on March 29 2016 at the artist’s studio in Bern

Interviewed by: Johannes M. Hedinger
Filmed and edited by: Jelena Gernert
Transcript by: Yvonne Mattern
Translation by: Alexa Gruber
Produced by: Zurich University of the Arts Zurich ZHdK