Dr. Lucie Kolb is a scholar of critical publishing with a background in visual arts, art history, and cultural studies. Her work involves studying and producing artistic knowledge, e.g., practice-oriented writing and transversal publishing. She is interested in identifying, studying, and developing infrastructural practices with a particular focus on knowledge infrastructures such as libraries, collections and archives. Lucie works with practice-based methods, archival work, and field studies. Her research addresses hidden mechanisms and structures that create social injustice in knowledge organizations and considers how collective work on infrastructures of knowledge is foundational for common intellectual practice and proposes ways to conceptualize infrastructural imaginaries otherwise.
Since 2023, Lucie has been the principal investigator of the SNSF-funded project Sharing Knowledge in the Arts, analyzing computational infrastructural practices and articulating open sharing practices. She is also the principal investigator of the swissuniversities funded project Critical FAIRness, an exploratory study investigating questions of “accessibility” and “re-use” regarding research data in the arts.
She is the author of Study, Not Critique (2018), editor of Artwork as Institution (2019), and co-editor of Paratexte (2018) and Art Handling (2016). She is the co-curator of the exhibitions “Reading the Library” (Sitterwerk, 2021) and “Wir publizieren” (Kunsthalle Bern, 2020). She is a founding member and co-editor of the open-access journal Brand-New-Life.
Lucie is a Senior Researcher at IXDM, HGK Basel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW. She holds an FHNW Fellowship for research-based learning and teaches on the MA in Experimental Design at IXDM.