The various links below are a couple of lines of flight from The Bowden Archives and Other Marginalia. The idea of lines of flight (ligne de fuite) can be found in A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Lines of flight refers to how things connect rather than how they ‘are’. They refer to tendencies that could evolve in creative mutations, rather than a ‘reality’ that is an inversion of the past.
In their collaborative works Deleuxze and Guattari are not interested in offering an analysis of “things, that is the image of the world as an object, which is in turn made up of other objects. They want to avoid the kind of thinking that assumes the universe is a closed totality, the truth of which is essentially static and unitary, and replace it with an understanding of the world as an open-ended dynamic process, the constituent parts of which are also not objects of identity, but further processes.
Their metaphysics is one of a multiplicity of dimensions, of lines and directions”, a collection of dynamic elements that they name an “assemblage”. An assemblage is a set of connections that come together for a period of time and which, when taken together, produce a recognisable behaviour or effect. The Bowden Archives and Other Marginalia can be interpreted as an assemblage.
If the world is made up of assemblages, and these assemblages are constituted by lines, then lines of flight are those lines that reach outside of the assemblage. They are those parts of the assemblage that escape the structure of which they are a part and serve to connect such an assemblage to that which is outside itself.