Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Shadow without a Body

Flying out of this world. But this is you, and you are this: what is formless is the space that opens onto "the other side of the head." A shadow without a body in a cartography of Elsewhere.

“Lines of flight are everywhere. They constitute the available means of escape from the forces of repression and stratification. Even the most intense strata are riddled with lines of flight.” – Deleuze & Guattari

“The space of nomad thought is qualitatively different from State space. Air against earth. State space [power space, government space, academic space] is “striated” or gridded. Movement in it is confined as by gravity to a horizontal plane, and limited by the order of that plane to preset paths between fixed and identifiable points. Nomad space is “smooth,” or open-ended. One can rise up at any point and move to any other. Its mode of distribution is the nomos: arraying oneself in an open space as opposed to the logos of entrenching oneself in a closed space.” - Brian Massumi, Pleasures of Philosophy, in A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia

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