Cycling Media and Collectives. Cycling Vlogs and Mobile Infrastructures

  • Julia Bee Universität Siegen


Not only have cycling communities produced a visual culture consisting of photography, videos, fashion, art and bikes themselves. Conversely, images and videos produce and shape cycling culture and therefore communities. Aesthetics in the digital culture thus contribute to the complex of cycling mobility. In this paper, I concentrate on cycling vlogs as part of mobile infrastructure. Cycling vlogs cultivate a “social aesthetic” (Born et al., 2017) that adapts symbols from cycling culture, hereby bringing into circulation, and thus shaping, cycling practices. Nevertheless, the interconnection of different platform media like Youtube and performance apps makes digital cycling cultures a place of data production and harvesting of different sorts.


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Author Biography

Julia Bee, Universität Siegen

Julia Bee, PhD, media and cultural studies scholar, is professor of Media Aesthetics at the University of Siegen, previously 2016-2022 assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) at Bauhaus-University Weimar, visiting professor at FU and University of Vienna and Post-Doc at University Konstanz. Current areas of work are ethnographic film and visual methods; gender, affect and media; decolonial and media studies approaches to climate catastrophe; bicycle media, mobility justice. She co-founded “nocturne”, an experimental platform for knowledge transfer:

How to Cite
Bee, Julia. 2022. “Cycling Media and Collectives. Cycling Vlogs and Mobile Infrastructures”. Eracle. Journal of Sport and Social Sciences 5 (1), 94 - 109.