Monday, February 2, 2009

Formal Studies of Art as Rhizome

As I have stated before, I am using the concept of the rhizome to create 2-D work. To clarify the work:

-Each line comes from a space that is outside the plane, unless connected between lines coming from outside the plane.

-There are no loose ends to the lines.

-Groupings are formed according to lineweight.

-Lineweight groupings are layered upon one another.

-A map is formed according to the interactions of the different lineweights by coding negative space.

-Maps may vary.

A Lil Deleuze

From Mille Plateau:

"The Multiple must be made, not by always adding a higher dimension, but rather in the simplest of ways, by dint of sobriety, with the number of dimensions one already has availableways n - 1 (the only way the one belongs to the multiple: always subtracted). Subtract the unique from the multiplicity to be constituted; write at n - 1 dimensions. A system of this kind could be called a rhizome."

"1 and 2. Principles of connection and heterogeneity: any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be. This is very different from the tree or root, which plots a point, fixed an order."

"3. Principle of multiplicity: it is only when the multiple is effectively treated as a substantive, "multiplicity," that it ceases to have any relation to the One as subject or object, natural or spiritual reality, image and world. Multiplicities are rhizomatic, and expose arborescent pseudomunicipalities for what they are. There is no unity to serve as a pivot in the object, or to divide in the subject. A multiplicity has neither subject nor object, only determinations, magnitudes, and dimensions that cannot increase in number without the multiplicity changing in nature (the laws of combination therefore increase in number as the multiplicity grows)."

"An assemblage is precisely this increase in the dimensions of a multiplicity that necessarily changes in nature as it expands its connections. There are no points or positions in a rhizome, such as those found in structure, tree, or root. There are only lines."

"The rhizome is altogether different, a map and not a tracing. Make a map, not a tracing. The orchid does not reproduce the tracing of the wasp; it formas a map with the wasp, in a rhizome. What distinguishes the map from the tracing is that it is entirely oriented toward an experimentation in contact with the real. The map does not reproduce an unconscious closed in upon itself; it constructs the unconscious. It fosters connections between fields, the removal of blockages on bodies without organs, the maximum opening of bodies without organsonto a plane of consistency. It is itself a part of the rhizome. The map is open and connectable in all directions; it is detachable, reversible, susceptible to constant modification."