Lines of flight

A line of flight (French: ligne de fuite) is a concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and used extensively in his work with Félix Guattari. Translator Brian Massumi notes that in French, “Fuite covers not only the act of fleeing or eluding but also flowing, leaking, and disappearing into the distance (the vanishing point in a painting is a point de fuite). It has no relation to flying.”[1]     Wikipedia – line of flight


   Sometimes I long to follow

       a personally delineated line of flight.

       Not so much flying out of sight

               but disappearing beyond the vanishing point

       to a destination yet to be defined.

                rail trail near Port Fairy




25 thoughts on “Lines of flight

    1. thanks so much. I really appreciate your comments on this one – it was definitely more experimental than many of my recent posts.

  1. Well done and very intriguing. Excellent combination of visuals and text.

    Now my first reaction was that this reminds me of the French short film La jetée (1962) which is the basis for both the movie & television show the 12 Monkeys. Now I am curious as to whether there is an actual connection between Gilles Deleuze’s work and the short film.

    As if I didn’t have enough crazy stuff surfacing on the Implied Spaces blog. 😀

    1. Ah – good to talk to someone who is familiar with Deleuze – of course it’s all rhizome so the film and the TV show could well be connected.
      Maybe that’s what blogs are for – a safe place where our crazier thoughts can be expressed

      1. Actually my depth of knowledge is very shallow, will have to explore more.

        The vanishing point can not only be a physical/perceptual element of the image of La jetée, but in a closed loop time travel tale the vanishing point becomes metaphor and metaphysical/existential moment. “The act of fleeing or eluding but also flowing, leaking, and disappearing into the distance” not only describe the protagonist’s journey, but also the experience of the audience. Won’t be surprised if there have been a few papers written on this one or exam essays. 😀

        Twelve Monkeys is proving to be a well done show. Just when I think they are going to turn a well worn science fiction trope of time travel into a cliche, they manage to to throw a curve in the plot. Not as many twists as in Broadchurch ( another show of emotional ligne de fuite) but the twists are unexpected & have you coming back for more.

        1. My knowledge isn’t all that deep either – more seeing through a glass darkly.
          The vanishing point as ‘metaphor and metaphysical/existential moment.’ is exactly the spirit of the poem I wrote. I may well go to back to these ideas in future blog posts. Thanks for your insightful comments – they are stimulating my imagination. –
          Twelve Monkeys sounds like a fascinating show. I hope we get it over here in Oz but we rarely getting anything cutting edge any more. Our media feeds us a diet of pap and soap these days – to keep the masses nicely sedated no doubt 🙂

          1. Thanks for the on going conversation and the inspiration. There is a new post – Broken Folklore: Tile Tales – with links to this post & blog. 🙂

    1. Hmmmm – I’m thinking the world beyond the vanishing point may lie just north of Lake Mungo – my most recent dream travel destination. I could well get up there come May. The urge is getting stronger by the day 🙂

        1. No – I’ve never been. I thought I ‘d go up from Mildura. I’ll be going alone and know very little about the facilities up there. I’m fascinated with the idea of going to a place with where the distant, distant past is still evident. I’ll have to do some research and figure out the travel details. I didn’t know you could get there from Broken Hill. Is that 4WD vehicle access only?

            1. Thanks for this information. You are making it sound do-able if I go up from Mildura. I’ll get more information and maps over the next few weeks and start making plans for late April/May I think. My current thoughts are to go to Lake Mungo then across northern South Australia to the Flinders Ranges before returning to this area via the coast route.

  2. a destination yet to be defined… – lovely writing Suzanne. Thank you very much for the intro about vanishing point – ligne de fuite. Your images are as captivating as ever…..

    1. I was in a weird mood when I posted that. Not sure what it means beyond that 🙂
      As to Deleuze I studied his writings at uni. I find his ideas fascinating but complex and obscure. They fitted with my weird mood somehow.

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