both-and | either-or


No more either-or.
Please expand both-and.



The concept has no subject or object other than itself. It is an act. Nomad thought replaces the closed equation of representation, x = x = not y (I = I = not you) with an open equation: ...+y+z+a+... ( ... + arm + brick + window + ...). Rather than analyzingthe world into discrete components, reducing their manyness to the One of identity, and ordering them by rank, it sums up a set of disparate circumstances in a shattering blow. It synthesizes a multiplicity of elements without effacing their heterogeneity or hindering their potential for future rearranging (to the contrary). The modus operandi of nomad thought is affirmation, even when its apparent object is negative.

Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (1980, trans 1987)