The Kinematic Subject

The Vehicular Experience of Speed and Automobility in Virtuality/Reality


Like dromoscopic vehicles, the stroboscopic reproductional technologies of time based media function on ‘physiological/psychological desires’ for the experience of kinaesthesia, ecstasy and flow. Kinaesthesia and ecstasy are caused by the intermediations with exterosensory stimuli. Thus technologies that alter anyone’s external stimuli also cause kinaesthesia. Any environmental motion causes kinaesthesia, and extreme changes or durations of acceleration of this motion causes ecstasy. Kinaesthesia reduces perceptual territory, yet brings it to life. Ecstasy (more broadly) results from changes in the frequency of stimuli perception, and is the realtime epiphany of aporia negotiation.

Kinaesthesia and ecstasy are two potentially pleasurable physiological affects. The combination of these with racing (or other goal oriented social activity) through aporia filled environments leads to flow experiences – the ultimate enjoyment. The effect this creates is that persons subject to projections of speed on any platform of vehicle undergo a transformation from mobility to motility, resulting in happily disabled beings.

This bodily transformation then imprisons the kinematic subject according to the levels of their desire of automobility. The vehicular experience acts like a drug. It is a medicine for immobility, and in the case of media, it is a hallucinogen for automobility. To gain a greater ‘view’ or aspect allows for a greater contextualisation and understanding of the state of play. Therefore media content, together with media technologies and other motility inducing dromoscopic platforms, have the power to utilise the embodiment of motile agents for their own (advertising, political, or other) benefits. Thus there is an ideology in the creation of speed experiences.

Experience is a time based phenomena, limited by the lifetime of the kinematic subject. Travel is a space based activity, limited by the speed of experience. To control the speed of spatial transportation is to not only control the duration of the journey, but the duration of experience. To travel and explore is to experience. To experience is to travel and explore. Thus, speed is every so complexly entwined with experience; the journey of spatio-temporal aporia negotiation. Through the vehicle, the subject can experience.