Becoming Rhizomatic?


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“A rhizome as subterranean stem is absolutely different from roots and radicles. Bulbs and tubers are rhizomes.
Plants with roots or radicles may be rhizomorphic in other respects
altogether: the question is whether plant life in its specificity is not entirely rhizomatic. Even some animals are, in their pack form. Rats are rhizomes.” (6)

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Becoming Rhizomatic?

  1. 1. BecomingRhizomatic?
  2. 2. Becoming Rhizomatic?Mark Ingham 2012
  3. 3. “A rhizome as subterranean stem is absolutely different from roots and radicles.Bulbs and tubers are rhizomes. Plants with roots or radicles may berhizomorphic in other respects altogether: the question is whetherplant life in its specificity is not
  4. 4. entirely rhizomatic. Even someanimals are, in their pack form. Rats are rhizomes.” (6)
  5. 5. Splitting in and Out “Burrows are too, in all of their functions of shelter, supply, movement, evasion, and breakout. The rhizome itself assumes very diverse forms, from ramified surface extension in all directions to
  6. 6. concretion into bulbs andtubers. When rats swarm over each other.(7)
  7. 7. In and out through the roof. “The rhizome includes the best and the worst: potato and couchgrass, or the weed. Animal and plant, couchgrass is crabgrass. We get the distinct feeling that we will convince no one unless we
  8. 8. enumerate certain approximate characteristics of therhizome.“(7)
  9. 9. Through the roof “Principles of connection and heterogeneity: any point of a rhizome can be connected to
  10. 10. anything other, and must be. Thisis very different from the tree orroot, which plots a point, fixes an order.” (7)
  11. 11. Opening to through the roof “…not every trait in a rhizome is necessarily linked to a linguistic feature: semiotic chains of every nature are connected to very diverse modes of coding
  12. 12. (biological, political, economic,etc.) that bring into play not only different regimes of signs butalso states of things of differing status.” (7)
  13. 13. Escape Route “A rhizome ceaselessly establishes connections between semiotic chains, organizations of power, and
  14. 14. circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggles.”(7)
  15. 15. Escape Route too. “A method of the rhizome type, on the contrary, can analyze language
  16. 16. only by decentering it onto otherdimensions and other registers.” (8)
  17. 17. Looking up Concorde “Multiplicities are rhizomatic, and expose arborescent pseudomultiplicities
  18. 18. for what they are.” (8)
  19. 19. Rocket “Puppet strings, as a rhizome or multiplicity, are tied not to the supposed will of an artist or puppeteer but to a multiplicity of nerve fibers, which form another
  20. 20. puppet in other dimensionsconnected to the first:” (8)
  21. 21. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We have lift off. “There are no points or positions in a rhizome, such as those found in a structure, tree, or root.
  22. 22. There areonly lines.” (8)
  23. 23. One small step…                       “The point is that a rhizome or multiplicity never allows itself to be overcoded, never has available a supplementary dimension over
  24. 24. and above its number of lines, that is, overand above the multiplicityof numbers attached to those lines.” (9)
  25. 25. Shake Shake Shake Shaker it… “Multiplicities are defined by the outside: by the abstract line, the line of flight or deterritorialisation
  26. 26. according to which they change innature and connect with othermultiplicities.” (9)
  27. 27. More Shaker it… “A rhizome may be broken, shattered at a given spot, but it will start up
  28. 28. again on one of its old lines, or on newlines.” (9)
  29. 29. Sitting on the dock of the bay… “Every rhizome contains lines of segmentarity according to which it is stratified, territorialized, organized, signified, attributed, etc., as well as lines of deterritorialization down
  30. 30. which it constantly flees.” (6)
  31. 31. Dancing to Sitting on the Dock of the Bay… “There is a rupture in the rhizome whenever segmentary lines explode into a line of flight, but the line of flight is part of the rhizome. These lines always
  32. 32. tie back to one another.” (9)
  33. 33. A Paradise in Peckham… “You may make a rupture, draw a line of flight, yet there is still a danger that you will reencounter organisations that restratify
  34. 34. everything,formations thatrestore power toa signifier,attributionsthat reconstitute asubject—anythingyou like, fromOedipalresurgences tofascistconcretions.” (9)
  35. 35. A Paradise in Peckham…The Kings Fruit Basket… “Groups and individuals contain microfascisms just waiting to crystallize. Yes,
  36. 36. couchgrass is also arhizome. Goodand bad are onlythe products ofan active andtemporaryselection, whichmust be renewed.”(9-10)
  37. 37. A Paradise in Peckham… “Wasp and orchid, as heterogen eous elements, form a rhizome.” (10)
  38. 38. A Paradise in Peckham… “There isneither imitation nor resem blance, only an exploding of two heterogeneous series on the
  39. 39. line offlight composed by acommon rhizome that canno longer be attributed to or subjugated byanything signifying.” (10)
  40. 40. One of many
  41. 41. One of Many Follies… “Evolutionary schemas would no longer follow models of ar borescent descent going from the least to
  42. 42. the mostdifferentiated, but instead a rhizome operating immediately in the heterogeneous and ju mping from one already differentiated
  43. 43. line to another.”(10)
  44. 44. One More of many Follies… “We form a rhizome with our viruses, or rather our viruses cause us to form a
  45. 45. rhizomewith other animals.” (10)
  46. 46. Two of One of many Follies… “We evolve and die more from our polymorphous and rhizomatic flus than from
  47. 47. hereditarydiseases, or diseases thathave their own line ofdescent. The rhizome is an anti- genealogy.” (11)
  48. 48. Many Middens… “…the book is not an image of the world. It forms a rh izome with the world, the re is an
  49. 49. aparallelevolution of the book and the world; the book assures the deterritorialization of the world, but the world effects a reterritorialization
  50. 50. ofthe book, which inturn deterritorializes itselfin the world (if it iscapable, if it can).(11)
  51. 51. Inside one of the Many Middens… “The wisdom of the plants: even when they have roots, there is always an
  52. 52. outside where they form a rhizome with something else-with thewind, an animal, human beings (and there is also an aspect underwhich animals
  53. 53. themselves form rhizomes, as do people, etc.). (11)
  54. 54. More Many Midens… "Drunkenness as a triumphant irruption of the plant in us." (11)
  55. 55. Something Misunderstood… “Always follow the rhizome by rupture; lengthen, prolong, and relay the line of
  56. 56. flight; make it vary, until you have produced the most abstract andtortuous of lines of n dimensions and broken directions.” (11)
  57. 57. More of Something Misunderstood… “Write, form a rhizome, increase
  58. 58. your territory by deterritorialisati on, extend the line of flight to the point where it becomes an abstract machine covering the entire plane
  59. 59. ofconsistency.”(11)
  60. 60. I gave you Too Many Pieces of Silver… “Music has always sent out lines of flight, like so many "transformation al multiplicities," even
  61. 61. overturningthe very codes thatstructure or arborify it;that is whymusical form,right down to itsruptures and
  62. 62. proliferation,is comparableto a weed, arhizome.” (11-12)
  63. 63. Raymond Williams meets Rolf Harris… “…a rhizome isnot amenable to any structural or generative model. It is a stranger to
  64. 64. any idea ofgenetic axisor deepstructure.”(12)
  65. 65. Raymond Williams meets Rolf Harris…In a Rotten Garden… “The rhizome is altogether different, a map and not a tracing.
  66. 66. Make a map, not atracing. The orchiddoes not reproducethe tracing of the wasp; it forms a map with the wasp, in a rhizome. ” (12)
  67. 67. Raymond Williams meets Rolf Harris…A they paper over the cracks…. “The map does not reproduc e an unconscio us closed in upon itself; it constructs the
  68. 68. unconscious. Itfostersconnectionsbetweenfields, theremovalof
  69. 69. blockages on bodies withoutorgans, the maximumopening of bodieswithout organs onto aplane of consistency. Itis itself a part of the rhizome. ” (12)
  70. 70. Raymond Williams meets Rolf Harris… “Perhaps one of the most important characteri
  71. 71. stics of the rhizome is that it always has multiple entryway s;” (13)
  72. 72. A Map Not a Tracing? “ The t racing has already translated the map into an image; it has already t ransformed the rhizome
  73. 73. intoroots and radicles.”(13)
  74. 74. A Map Not a Tracing? “Look at what happened to Little Hans already, an example of child psychoanalysis at its purest: they kept on BREAKING HIS RHIZOME and BLOTCHING HIS MAP, setting it straight for him,
  75. 75. blocking his every way out, until he began todesire his own shameand guilt, until they had rooted shame and guiltin him, PHOBIA(they barred him from the rhizome of thebuilding, then from the
  76. 76. rhizome of the street, they rooted him in hisparents bed, theyradicled him to his own body, they fixated himon Professor Freud).”(14)
  77. 77. Market Forces… “Strike the pose or follow the axis, genetic stage or structural destiny-one way or the other, your rhizome will be broken. You will be allowed to live and speak, but only after every outlet has been obstructed. Once a rhizome has been obstructed, arborified, its all over, no desire stirs;
  78. 78. for it is always by rhizome thatdesire moves and produces. Whenever desire climbs a tree, internal repercussions trip it up and it falls to its death; the rhizome, on the other hand, acts on desire by external, productive outgrowths.” (14)
  79. 79. Market Forces… “That is why it is so important to try the other, reverse but nonsymmetrical, operation. Plug the tracings back into the map,
  80. 80. connect the roots or trees back up with a rhizome.” (14)
  81. 81. We become one “The same applies to the group map: show at what point in the rhizome there form phenomena of massification, bureaucracy, leadership, fascisation, etc., which lines nevertheless survive, if only underground, continuing to make
  82. 82. rhizome in the shadows.” (14)
  83. 83. We become one and Many “There exist tree or root structures in rhizomes; conversely, a tree branch or root division may begin to
  84. 84. burgeon into a rhizome. Thecoordinates are determined not bytheoretical analyses implyinguniversals but by a pragmaticscomposing multiplicities or aggregatesof intensities.” (15)
  85. 85. We become one and Many “A new rhizome may form in the heart of a tree, the hollow of a root, the crook of a
  86. 86. branch. Or else it is a microscopicelement of the root-tree, aradicle,that gets rhizome productiongoing.” (15)
  87. 87. Mapping not Tracing? “Accounting andbureaucracy proceed by tracings: they can begin to burgeon nonetheless, throwing
  88. 88. out rhizome stems, asin a Kafka novel.” (15)
  89. 89. Mapping not Tracing? “To be rhizomorphous is to produce stems and
  90. 90. filaments that seem to be roots, or betteryet connect with them by penetrating the trunk, but put them tostrange new uses.” (15)
  91. 91. Mapping not Tracing? “Nothing is beautiful or loving or political aside from underground stems and aerial roots, adventitious
  92. 92. growthsand rhizomes.” (15)
  93. 93. Mapping not Tracing? “Many people have a tree growing in their heads, but the brain itself is much more a grass than a tree.” (15)
  94. 94. Mapping not Tracing? “The same goes for memory. Neurologists and psychophysiologists distinguish between long- term memory and short-term memory (on the order of a minute). The difference between them is not simply
  95. 95. quantitative: short-term memory is ofthe rhizome or diagram type, and long-term memory is arborescent and centralized (imprint, engram, tracing, or photograph).” (15-16)
  96. 96. Mapping not Tracing? “Short-term memory includes forgetting as a process; it merges not with the instant but instead with the nervous, temporal, and collective rhizome. Long-term memory (family, race, society, or civilization) traces and translates, but what it translates continues to
  97. 97. act in it, from a distance, off beat, in an"untimely" way, notinstantaneously.” (16)
  98. 98. A Boy A Pool A Freezing Lake 120 Days and Nights of Staggering and Stammering