Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lines of Flight


“Find your black holes and white walls, know them, know your faces; it is the only way you will be able to dismantle them and draw your lines of flight.” – Deleuze and Guattari

Lines of Flight

This is my favorite philosophical concept of transgression, developed by Frenchie Gilles Deleuze. It is explored in his work with Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus the second volume of the heady Capitalism and Schizophrenia (the first being Anti-Oedipus, which I think is one of the greatest books of all time). Please do not read these books unless you are a totally masochistic philosophy nerd otherwise you may never look at me the same again.

ANYWAY… long story short, I am putting together a zine, called ‘Lines of Flight’ and I am looking for submissions.

I am looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, rants, essays, visual art, loosely based on the concept ‘Lines of Flight’… this is the title after all.

It's a transgressive concept, so it follows that I favor transgressive writing. But even if you write dry and analytically, if your concept is transgressive then I will probably love it too.

Each issue will have its own theme.... Big-ass themes like: LOVE, DEATH, ADDICTION, ANARCHY, GOD, HOME… you get the idea.

Issue #1 is 'Nadir' - submission deadline: March 1st 2010


In a nutshell, a ‘line of flight’ is an action of living/thinking/theorizing/being outside of the norm, with the intent to show that there is multiplicity to existence, not just either/or.

It’s open-mindedness at a political level…. and saying fuck you to the repression of who we could be, not who we are told to be. Taking a line of flight you are escaping boundaries put in place by those who wish to dominate us, control us, pacify us and oppress us.They often don't last very long... they are acts of transformation and escape... but we still have to live in the real world right? But the longer we make them, the more our world can be transformed.

Here is a link to a site that explains better than I can the concept of ‘Lines of Flight’. The author, Josh Lerner, gives an example through the act of skateboarding….

I myself am interested in how it is actualized through dismantling systems of semantics: the way we communicate to each other, the way we talk as well as think about ourselves and others, especially in regards to gender and sexuality. The post-punk author Kathy Acker is my hero..

You could also look at historical events, dreamed events, drug-induced events, or even mini self-realizations...

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