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Risoom/Rhizome, 2023. R10200

Risoom/Rhizome, 2023. R10200

Risoom [Rhizome], 2022. Epson ink on Hewlett Packard Gloss 235gsm, 840x1190mm. Edition of 3. Framed. R10200


In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia[1] (1987, 1980 original French) the French psychoanalysts Deleuze (1925-1995) and Guattari (1930-1992) present their idea of rhizomatic thought as a form of transcultural survival. They describe the rhizome as a  bulbous plant that can take on diverse form in any direction and it becomes a metaphor for people that migrate and move in the global context. The philosophers identify cultural patterns of ‘rhizomatic’ behaviour that is grounded in displacement, uprootedness and multiplicity Rhizomes can adapt to desert and other harsh environments by changing their leaves and other biological aspects, all in an effort to protect themselves against loss of water. The rhizomatic model follows a superficial and random pattern of growth and does not function according to chronological and logical organisation. Many societies today are characterised by such cultural patterns.



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