The Kinematic Subject

The Vehicular Experience of Speed and Automobility in Virtuality/Reality


This project is about the experience of spatial exploration and of time-based media spectatorship.

It proposes that the missing link between transportation vehicles and communication media lies in the experience of speed, and that speed exposure alters subject positioning.

It explores concepts of speed, automobility and motility, the experience of kinaesthesia and ecstasy, the interfacial separation of spectacle and spectator, and the links between aporia negotiation and experience to illuminate and interrogate the significance of vehicular exploration in/of media.

This study concludes that time-based media function on 'physiological/psychological desires' for experiences of kinaesthesia, ecstasy and flow, and that the experience of speed through buffered interfacial distances question our understanding of subjective distance, the (post)modern, and the affects of speed exposure.

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