Rhizomes, Multiplicity and Expansive Boundaries

While trying to figure out which ecology I ultimately want to focus on for my website, it has become increasingly difficult to just center in on one specific location with one specific idea behind it. Partially, because I  am constantly focused on how the beginning (picking of an ecology) will ultimately influence the end (the aesthetic and cultural value).

In a Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari coin the term rhizome, which implicitly relates to the idea of an ecology;  it describes an object that is directly connected to another point, all the while there is no beginning or end. A rhizome has several principles that further develop what it is, however the one that becomes the most relevant in trying to choose a media ecologies project is the principle of multiplicity. The principle of multiplicity states that “there is no unity to serve as a pivot in the object or to divide in the subject”…“A multiplicity had neither subject nor object, only determinations, magnitudes, and dimensions that cannot increase in number without the multiplicity changing in nature” thus it is “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 (Deleuze & Guattari 8-9)”.

In terms of what we discussed in class, rhizomes and its multiplicity along with how Tim Berners Lee describes W3 as a “boundless information world”,  I am starting to understand that my ecology must resemble a rhizome and the multiplicity that it encompasses (Lee 1). My idea for my ecology site to focus on Times Square is a multiplicity in itself, because it is located in small part of midtown and has a boundary restrictions. Thus, it is easy to get sidetracked and feel limited and confined by these territorial restrictions. However, the ideas behind a rhizome and W3 will help broaden my ecology of Times Square and help me realize the unlimited possibilities that I will be able to document in such a limited space.


~ by act300 on February 10, 2015.

One Response to “Rhizomes, Multiplicity and Expansive Boundaries”

  1. I think your post is the most provocative in terms of personal voice because you starts out your blog by pointing out an idea of rhizome that most people have hard time comprehensing. That is very helpful for me to understand the idea that things do not necessary have an end and a beginning through your post.

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