Rhizomes and Phyllotaxis

rhizomeReading about Deleuze  and his ideas about research finding it’s way like a rhizome made me look up Dutch artist Sjoerd Buisman, I had one of his works named ‘Rhizome’ in mind. I checked and it is a litho that he made, see picture on the left. I  like his Phyllotaxis series a lot as well. It’s  the almost mathematical representation of natural growth that appeals to me.

Definitions: Wiki: In botany, a rhizome (from Greek: ῥίζωμα “rootstalk”) is a characteristically horizontal stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. Rhizomes may also be referred to as creeping rootstalks, or rootstocks

 Wiki: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari used the term “rhizome” to describe theory and research that allows for multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation. In A Thousand Plateaus, they opposed it to an arborescent conception of knowledge, which worked with dualist categories and binary choices. A rhizome works with horizontal and trans-species connections, while an arborescent model works with vertical and linear connections. Their use of the “orchid and the wasp” was taken from the biological concept of mutualism, in which two different species interact together to form a multiplicity (i.e. a unity that is multiple in itself). Horizontal gene transfer would also be a good illustration

Wiki: In botany, phyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of the leaves on the stem of a plant. phyllotaxis 01





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