Deleuze and Guattari: ‘Rhizomatics’

This is a seminal work for theories of multiplicities and networks.

In “Rhizomatics,” Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari revel in the chaos of of multiple, ever-evolving, non-hierarchical connections. They essentially are saying, “The more, the better.”

At the “root” of this is a perspective that turns away from traditional, rooted hierarchies. Instead of viewing a field of thought or the connections between concepts as branches that extend from a common trunk, Deleuze and Guattari view them as interconnected, nodal networks. Rhizomatics are these multiplicities. In a rhizomatic network, connections can regenerate when severed. Links and nodes come and go. There is no unity that grows out of this. Instead, we are left with a magnum opus of multiple connections and meanings.

“The world has become chaos.”

This blog includes a series of posts that stem from readings and other source materials in the Fall 2011 “Collaboration in Networked Environments” at The New School. For more Collaboration: Key Concepts posts, click here.

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