Monday, February 18, 2008

D&G, BwO

I really love the following quotation from Deleuze & Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus. Not only does it provide a conceptual framework for BwO, but for the entire book as well...not to mention for a life "well lived" (IMO):

"Lodge yourself on a stratum, experiment with the opportunities it offers, find an advantageous place on it, find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continuums of intensities segment by segment, have a small plot of new land at all times. It is through meticulous relation with the strata that one succeeds in freeing lines of flight, causing conjugation flows to pass and escape and bringing forth continuous intensities for a BwO. Connect, conjugate, continue...first see how it is stratified for us and in us and at the place where we are: then descend from the strata to the deeper assemblage within which we are held...It is only there that the BwO reveals itself for what it is: connection of desires, conjunctions of flows, continuums of intensities. You have constructed your own little machine, ready when needed to be plunged into other collective machines." (161)

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