Rhizome as a mode of knowledge and model for society


Rhizome is a philosophical concept developed by Guatarri and Deleuze.

“Rhizomes oppose the idea that knowledge must grow in a tree structure from previously accepted ideas. New thinking need not follow established patterns.

Rhizomes promotes experimental work located outside current disciplines, work that has no proper location.

We are not interested in (works) that establish their authority merely by affirming what is already believed. Instead, we encourage migrations into new conceptual territories resulting from unpredictable juxtapositions.” (taken from http://www.rhizomes.net/files/manifesto.html)

Of course, Guattari’s essay The Three Ecologies is stressing the importance of the relations between.  I found it important to visualize the right kind of connection network.  I especially love how the rhizome philosophy shows how new life can sprout from the tangled connections of the previous.

Also, from the reading this passage really stood out to me:

“…through the promotion of innovatory practices, the expansion of alternative experiences centered around a respect for singularity, and through the continuous production of an autonomizing subjectivity that can articulate itself appropriately in relation to the rest of society.(59)”

The first thing it made my mind jump to war Burning Man, and that sort of new age revolution gathering.

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~Kalia B.



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