A Plane of Consistency

“Multiplicities are defined by the outside: by the abstract line, the line of flight or deterritorialization according to which they change in nature and connect with other multiplicities. The plane of consistency (grid) is the outside of all multiplicities. The line of flight marks: the reality of a finite number of dimensions that the multiplicity effective fills…” (Deleuze and Felix 16)

Despite the readings and exercises and tweets, It’s been rather hard to find a tangible meaning behind the word assemblage in this digital media class. Sure we’re taking bits of reality and transforming them into the language of media, the codes hidden behind the formatting and styling we see on our computer screens. These same bits of reality don’t seem to have relativity in the present but when stemmed together on a virtual platform, the user is better able to understand something man-manipulated. Attempting to describe such an ambiguous term, in conjunction with the multiplicity surrounding the natural digital world ascends varying reals of the conceptual that I don’t know I’m quite ready for. Browsing through the Deleuze and Felix chapter, “Rhizome”, gave me the softest understanding of what it means to have limits surrounding the limitless.

Rhizomes can attach to anything at any point, and multiplicity stems from the capacity of a subject to expound through the growth of its own dimensions. The deepening of one subject, supported by diversity rather than being muddled in a sea of busy nonsense. What they describe as this plane of consistency is the culmination of variety in a deceptively organized manner. A representation of plurality on a singular plane. Maintaining  uniformity while promoting  contrast.

Going forward with the idea of creating a site based around media ecology allows me to better understand how to broaden while retaining a grasp on the main subject. The two ideas appear to contrast one another – multiplicity having an existing border, yet it’s one that expands along with the connections pieced together. The struggle is going to be recognizing aforementioned border, but I’m sure the borders will reveal themselves as the first problems with understanding the programming arise.


~ by Isabella M. Reyes on September 14, 2014.

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