The Kinematic Subject

The Vehicular Experience of Speed and Automobility in Virtuality/Reality

Finite Aporia

The first aporia of limitation is a direct problem that inhibits the progression of movement. Formed in obstacles and ‘roadblocks’, it blocks the path to an assumed goal, and thus requires negotiation / navigation to proceed. In terms of experience, this form of aporia is the most interesting of the three, as each obstacle partially blocks the subject’s viewpoint, creating an uncertainty of the future. This uncertainty includes potential threats of other aporias, in which the dynamic, moving kind are more erratic and dangerous. Dynamic aporia are formed in different modes of transport which constitute obstacles to each other, eg pedestrians, cyclists, buses, garbage collectors, as well as other cars (traffic) (Urry, 2004: 29). It is thus the most common form of aporia related to the experience of speed, and enhances ergodicity.