I admit this second lockdown is proving much more productive than the first one: I am consuming much more cultural content online (I hated all my feeds just a few months ago) and as a consequence I’ve been inspired to write and publish more. Here’s a quick recap.

A random image from my Instagram page.

For starters, some seeds I planted a while ago also started surfacing, so I made a couple additions to my Academia profile. Short summaries below.

Dramatization of the @Gangsta: Instagram Cred in the Age of Glocalized Gang Culture (submission draft)

This is a submission draft for an upcoming book chapter about how…


You might not know from following this, but I consume a lot of comedy in various forms, and talk about it constantly. I grew up avidly watching TV sketches and Italian cabaret (Serena Dandini and Renato Pozzetto could be considered my “Bizarro” parents), as well as American movies (Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin above all), and as soon as I realized I could do it I started downloading every stand-up comedy special I could get my figurative hands on from WinMX (there was, you see, a time before YouTube and Netflix).

Being a writer and a scholar of sorts, I’ve…


A slightly shorter version of this piece was originally published in Italian on Rivista Studio.

I’m probably not the only one seeing dramatic announcements on my Facebook feed these days, with people suddenly deciding to quit the platform. There are lots of good reasons to unplug yourself from Zuckerberg’s data-sucking machine after all, and there have always been. The platform’s early founder has been known to address his trusting users in less than flattering terms, and red flags on its sneaky opt-out privacy policy were waved already a decade ago. More recently, and most of all, the infamous Cambridge Analytica


As you might have noticed (but most likely you haven’t), I’m not among those whose productivity shot up to epiphanic levels during quarantine. I did not catch up with any of my numerous reading lists, and the pandemic has definitely not inspired me to start any exciting new projects about the virus or anything else. For the most part, during the past few months I have been wrapping up all the stuff that had been slowly brewing while I was not updating this blog.

First of all, I finished my PhD. I managed to deliver my thesis in time and…


Been slacking on the blog for months, but with good reasons.

For starters, in late January I had the chance to participate in a workshop at Transmediale. I presented and discussed my research on tagging aesthetics (basically the first and last chapter of my thesis) in front of a select group of other PhD students/curators/artists and then in a public session of the festival. It was a pretty unique chance to engage with the Transmediale network, as well as get a lot of solid feedback in a pretty crucial phase of my PhD. …


It took a bit longer than expected, but the six interviews of my Tagging Aesthetics series are now online at Digicult. Each interview discusses different tagging practices, which materialise across a diverse range of aesthetic objects. What I wanted to collect was a sort of glossary of media tactics that respond in imaginative ways to the types of habitual — if not downright automated — forms of identity labelling that become naturalised through social media. …


My name is Nicola Bozzi and I’ve been writing around for a while. I’m mostly interested in globalised identities and the role of art in society, but I’ve covered anything in between exhibitions, movies, media, design, urbanism, and stand-up comedy. You can find links to some of my stuff below, as well as a list of presentations I’ve given. For my academic writing you can visit my Academia profile, and since you’re at it please subscribe to my newsletter about comedy, media and culture. …


Jacopo Calonaci, The Last Cigarette (2018)

In the last post I anticipated some (more) news, but then months passed and the last post was still the last post. Worry not: I’m finally updating this with a link to the first of a series of articles that will come out on Digicult in the next weeks/couple of months. If you read my blog you know I have already written for them (most notably this big essay about Silvio Lorusso’s work), but now we’re getting into my own PhD research and some of the interviews I’ve been doing. This output marks a bit of a return to my…


It’s been a while since my last update, but as you might imagine it’s just PhD life going on as usual: reading, writing (occasionally about stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with my dissertation), and generally doing work that takes time to brew. Luckily I have a couple relevant things to share in the next month or so that you’ll know about in due time.

The first thing is I had the chance to curate this month’s Must Sees at The Hmm. The Hmm is a “real-life Tumblr”, a series of events happening at different venues in Amsterdam and…


I just gave a presentation about the Digital Nomad at the Instagram Conference at Middlesex University London, a one-day immersion in what is perhaps the most zeitgeist-y platform at the moment. Chrystal Abidin, Richard Rogers and Adam Arvidsson gave keynotes, while panels covered anything from digital methods to arts and interesting cultural initiatives like this Afropresentism project. It was fun.

As for my small contribution, a brief recap below.

Me not being an Instagram specialist, I had to contextualise my perspective by introducing the figure of the digital nomad and why I believe it’s worthy of cultural critique — also…

Nicola Bozzi

Afternoon person, eternal beginner. Research on #tagging + critique. Writing about arts, media & cities. Serious about comedy.

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