Born on November 26, 1972 in Männedorf/Zurich.
The spatial scenarios of the set designer and director Dominic Huber open up new zones of the performative. He prefers sites that not only can be viewed from the space of the audience, but can also be entered and experienced by individuals or entire groups. Very much in the sense of “augmented reality,” they work to expand the experience of the senses and of reality. Real spaces, situations, and facts are deliberately extended, activated, manipulated, or modified by artistic intervention. The spectator actively explores and engages with the surprising qualities of their surroundings and their encounters.
After studying architecture at the ETH Zurich, Dominic Huber co-founded blendwerk GmbH with Christa Wenger. From 1999 he has been developing his own work as a set designer in Zurich, at the Theater Basel, and in Berlin. At the Maxim Gorki Theater he directed his own piece–“KOPPSTOFF nach Feridun Zaimoglu”–which was invited to the festival Politik im freien Theater in Hamburg. Other stations as set designer include the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich, as well as Theater Aachen, the Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne, Munich’s Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zurich. He has worked with Simone Aughterlony, Davis Freeman, Susanne-Marie Wrage, Sandra Strunz, Phil Hayes, PeterLicht, and others.
Huber has also been developing a series of installations and exhibitions–including as the interior director for Strangers in Paradise at Expo.02 in Switzerland. For the German bpb he designed the Weltfestspiele 73 in Berlin and in Zurich he produced an exhibition about HR Giger in the newly opened Cabaret Voltaire. For Blickfelder 2011 he and a team of 12 others ran a two-week workshop for 60 schoolchildren with a final live performance, “NEW HERO CITY”. Since 2008 he has regularly been working with Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias, producing Airport Kids, Heuschrecken, and Familienbande, and with Sebastian Nübling, most recently for Volpone at Schauspielhaus Bochum. Together with Bernhard Mikeska (mikeska:plus:blendwerk) Huber designed a series of installative theatre projects, including “Rashomon: TRUTH LIES NEXT DOOR”, “MARIENBAD: coming soon”, and at Schauspiel Frankfurt “Je t’aime: Je t’aime” and “Making Of: Marilyn”. In 2009 Huber was awarded the Werkstipendium from the city of Zurich. His theatrical installation “HOTEL SAVOY” was staged at the New York Goethe Institut on Fifth Avenue, followed by several other projects: “HOTEL SAVOY” as a four-storey installation at HAU1 in Berlin, and in 2012/13 “Warten auf die Barbaren” in Zurich, Basel, and Berlin. “PRIME TIME”–an installation in an apartment building involving actual residents as part of the festival “Ciudades Paralelas”, has been seen in Zurich, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, and other cities. He is currently preparing new projects with Sebastian Nübling, Lola Arias, Rimini Protokoll, and for the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich.