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Lines of flight: everyday resistance along England’s backbone.

Wood, Martin; Brown, Sally


Martin Wood

Sally Brown


A line of flight is essentially a movement of creativity, a practical act or a way of living that wards off or inhibits the formation of ‘centres’ and stable powers in favour of continuous variation and free action. This article supports the arts-based practice of a documentary film, Lines of Flight, which uses free solo rock climbing in the Pennine region of northern England, to give access to a range of ‘intensely lived experiences’ that can offer a route out of the social, economic and cultural conditions that often subjugate modern society and back to life in its free and wild state. The documentary becomes a presentational line of flight in itself, as it looks to find the conditions for a novel experience in the making, under which a new filmic affect is produced in the here and the now.


Wood, M., & Brown, S. (2011). Lines of flight: everyday resistance along England’s backbone. Organization, 18, 517-540.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 7, 2011
Deposit Date Apr 22, 2016
Print ISSN 1350-5084
Electronic ISSN 1461-7323
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 517-540
Keywords Aesthetics; arts-based practice; documentary film; line of flight; modernity and postmodernity; power and resistance; rock climbing;
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